At this time of year, it’s really easy to get caught up in the craziness the holidays can bring. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Take some time out for some quality family time this weekend. Catch this screening of the Lego Batman Movie, drop by this Kids ArtFest, or test your architecture skills at this gingerbread workshop or this one. Still looking for more? Scroll on for more of our top event picks!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories. All shows are inclusive and have been designed to be autism-friendly, open to all children and families with sensory issues. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Hopalong Andrew’s “Cowpoke Class”
He performs as a rollicking 1-man band, bringing his guitar, banjo, harmonica, and suitcase drum kit. He’ll get everybody to sing along, dance along, play along, and have an all-Americana good time. Sat. Event Details.

Gingerbread House Workshops
Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time. Sat. –Sun. Event Details.


Hanna and The Moonlit Dress
Based on the classic Israeli tale “Hanna’s Sabbath Dress”, this interactive musical for kids invites them to help create Hanna’s interactive world and take part in the moonlight magic. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt
Kids and adults discover the best of midtown’s lavish holiday displays on this seasonal scavenger hunt, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, Grand Central Terminal and other festive highlights. Sun. Event Details.


Origami Holiday Tree at AMNH
The tree is decorated with handmade origami models inspired by items in the permanent halls, current exhibitions, and Museum collections. During the holiday season, knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Hip-Hop Holidays
CMOM explores the holidays through the lens of Hip-Hop—not only in music and dance but how it has influenced design, art, and fashion. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Kids ArtFest
Calling all little artists to this annual Kids’ ArtFest! Featuring an incredible array of workshops and activities for children of all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

It’s A Wonderful Life Brunch Screening
Based on the short story, The Greatest Gift, Frank Capra’s annual holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life has a somewhat bleak undertone that morphs into a celebration of being alive during the most wonderful time of the year. Bring the family for this unique screening at Nitehawk! Sun. Event Details.


Lego Batman Movie and Workshop
Enjoy family time at MoMI with daily matinees of The LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing your very own superhero costumes, masks, and more! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Gingerbread Lane Workshops
This year’s GingerBread Lane workshops will take you to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy. Sat. Event Details.


NYBG Holiday Train Show
Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

What are some of your tried and true ways for handling the holiday hustle and bustle? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson