Start 2020 off with some quality family time in the city. Catch one of two fast-paced shows by the Manzana City Crew, meet a yeti who doesn’t like snow, or channel your creative juices and make a 2-D or 3-D self-portrait the new you for the new year. There’s tons more happening for all ages. Check out our top event picks for family fun this weekend!

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UP CLOSE Festival
The event transforms New Ohio’s basement theater into an interactive archive of the neighborhood where audiences are free to navigate a 360° pre-show installation, then engage in a series of 10-minute pieces by some of NYC’s most adventurous theatre artists. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

New Year, New Me
Imagine yourself a year later at the end of 2020. Do you look different? Has anything in your life changed? Do you own something new? Have you done something that you’ve never done before? Make a 2-D or 3-D self-portrait that represents the “new you”! Sat. Event Details.


Pip’s Island
Bring the entire family to a groundbreaking immersive experience where kids are the stars! In this hour-long interactive adventure, kids lead the way through a magical island where they’ll get to man a flying ship, design giant cakes, explore the deep sea, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Yeti Set Snow
Yeti, Set, Snow! is the story of a young girl and her friend who encounter a yeti on the first snow day of the winter season who dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, the trio discover that snow can be fun and also the value of friendship. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

LuminoCity Festival
Experience 12 acres of light art at this festival, including a skating unicorn, or the castle in the clouds. The artistry will dazzle and delight audiences of all ages. Plus, the market will be your one-stop destination for all food, drink, and retail needs! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Beats, Rhymes and Breaking
From head spins to windmills, and from 6-step to the trusty pop and lock, Manzana City Crew brings jaw-dropping break dance action to the Thalia stage once again. Kids will join company members onstage to try out their own moves in an engaging and fast-moving atmosphere of fun. Sat. Event Details.


Mulchfest 2020
Mulchfest 2020 volunteers will help to spread mulch around young street trees. Dress in clothes that can get dirty and closed-toed shoes, and bring your own water bottles. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Sun. Event Details.


A Charlie Brown Christmas 2019
Join Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in this heart-warming holiday musical as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Sat. Event Details.


7th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder
The Poe Park Visitor Center proudly presents the 7th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… Exhibition. The exhibit features the work of over ten emerging and established artists, most of whom are from the Bronx. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

History of the Holidays
Included with regular Museum admission, this annual display features a glimpse into 18th-century celebrations of some familiar and not-so-familiar winter holidays. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Folk Arts: Living Traditions
Staten Island youth embrace Mexican art-making traditions into spirited works of art under the direction of local artists Michele Ajello, Joanna Miarrostami, and Lea Simoniello. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Festival of Trees and Lights
Celebrate the holiday festival of traditions including the menorah and Christmas trees of Germany, Hungary, Scandinavia, and Italy — all on display at the historic H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson


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