This weekend is all about celebrating and we’ve got plenty of ways to do just that. Rock at a Kwanzaa party, gear up for New Year’s Eve by making some noisemakers or keep the Christmas cheer going a few extra days at a festive open house. No matter what your family celebrates we’ve got you covered. Have a happy weekend!
Photo: Jewish Museum
This Museum is Open for Family Fun!
You may see a lot of “closed” signs on Christmas day, but the Jewish Museum has got you covered with a full day of fun for the whole family. Dance and sing along with Oran Etkin and his five member band at a live concert that will take your little ones on an adventure through the Kingdom of Swing. Then create a sculpture masterpiece at a drop in art workshop, pretend you’re archeologists uncovering ancient and modern objects at the archeology zone and stroll through the museum to take in all of the current exhibitions. Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Upper East Side. General Admission: $15/adult; children under 18 are free; Admission and Concert: $20/adult; $15/child. All ages. Event details.
37th Annual Kwanzaa Spectacular
This Kwanzaa party will be bumping with live musical performances by Harlem native Doug E. Fresh, reggae rapper Vicious, and DJs Barry and Will Chill. When you need a break from dancing, stroll through the international marketplace or check out some of the exhibits at the museum. There will also be a screening of the documentary The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebrationat 4:30pm. Sun. Noon-3 p.m. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Make Some Noise at this New Year’s Eve Workshop
It’s ok to get noisy at this workshop, so be ready to party! Bring your little ones to celebrate the end of a fantastic year and help them get ready to ring in new one by creating special holiday noise makers. And while they’re getting crafty, your kiddos will talk about their New Year’s resolutions and learn all about how different people celebrate the holiday across the globe. RSVP for the event here. Sat. Noon-1 p.m. Midtown. $5/participant. All ages. Event details.
Hunt for Clues in Grand Central Terminal
Come up with a creative team name and join the Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and find funny details in the latest exhibit inside the Transit Museum Gallery, to name just a few hunt highlights. Sat. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Midtown East. $18/child; $22/adult. Ages 7 and up. Event details.
The Harlem Globetrotters are Dribbling into Town
Kiddos of all ages will be amazed by the world-famous Globetrotters’ ball-handling skills and comedy routines in their latest World Tour. Expect to see incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction. This must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family! Sun. at noon & 5 p.m.; Mon. at 2 p.m. Midtown West. $15/person and up. All ages. Event details.
Klez for Kids on Christmas Day
The Museum at Eldridge Street is open on Christmas and offering synagogue tours and family-friendly scavenger hunts. Go at 11 a.m and 2 p.m. when kids can “get married” as part of the annual Klez for Kids! concert. Clarinetist Greg Wall’s Klezmerfest leads the audience on a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture as kids, parents and grandparents sing, dance, and learn Yiddish. The program ends with an audience-enacted shtetl wedding at which children take on the roles of bride, groom and wedding guests. Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lower East Side. $12/adult; $6/child; children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Kwanzaa with Music and Dance
Teach your little ones about the holiday of Kwanzaa at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Your kiddos will learn about the seven principles of African Heritage through music and dance in a very special performance by Brooklyn’s own Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Stay after to enjoy all of the exhibits at the museum, including the Totally Tot section designed for the littlest explorers. Sat. Noon-5 p.m. Crown Heights. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Remake the Holidays
The New York Hall of Science is hosting a few brainy, yet creative and fun, workshops between Christmas and New Years. Each day has a different recyclable material theme. From making fashion that lights up to wire sculptures, your kiddos will get inspired by these fun workshops. Sun.-Wed. Noon-4 p.m. Flushing. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Holiday Open House at the Farm
Stay in the holiday spirit at the Queens County Farm Museum’s Holiday Open House. You’ll enjoy a tour of the decked out Adriance Farmhouse and kids will enjoy crafts and activities. Top the day off with a warm cup of freshly mulled cider. Sat.-Mon. Noon-4 p.m. Floral Park. All ages. Event details.
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