Winter Activities for NYC Kids

Wintertime doesn’t have to mean staying indoors because of the cold; there is plenty to do and see around town specifically tailored to children. As a new father, I’m now paying attention to activities that are suitable for adults and kids alike, and that will educate, engage, and entertain our little ones. From classical music for kids to sensory exhibits at the museum, check out this winter’s to-do list for the whole family. 

Los Kids
Image Courtesy of Rachael Shane

Los Kids
February 3-4 & March 3-4

Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Ave, Lenox Hill
Tickets: $15-$48, two concert tickets $30-$88, season subscription $60-$168
The Little Orchestra Society introduces classical music to a young audience. This family-friendly concert features the music of Sergei Prokofiev (February 3 and 4) and composer Aaron Copland (March 3 and 4).

Sesame Street Live
Image Courtesy of The Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party
February 9 – February 19
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Prices: $41-$161
Your family will enjoy all of your favorite Sesame Street characters singing and dancing across the stage. This live and interactive show unfolds on one of the most famous streets in the world. Also, a range of interactive activities will give your children the chance to learn, create, and discover as they help to decorate for the upcoming party they’re going to attend.

Lunar New Year
Image Courtesy of Carol Rosegg

Chinese New Year / Year of the Dog Performance
February 11

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
Celebrate a Lunar New Year with a Year of the Dog performance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Your kids will love the red lions, golden dragons, and acrobats dancing to the beat of traditional Chinese instruments during this educational and cultural experience. Shop the Chinese Marketplace for unique keepsakes to purchase to take home.

Frozen Musical
Image Courtesy of Deen van Meer

Frozen: The Broadway Musical
Previews start February 22

St. James Theatre
246 West 44th Street
Tickets $99-$650
Enjoy a winter wonderland of songs and dancing from the original Snow Queen-inspired soundtrack. Your children will love seeing Kristoff, Anna, and Elsa. Consider yourself forewarned: they’ll likely be talking about it until Spring!  

Image Courtesy of Barclays Center

Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes
February 22-25
Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Prices: $15-$95
Prepare yourself for a live action-packed battle in which your kids’ favorite Marvel characters such as Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy defend the universe from evil. Fans of all ages will love being immersed into the Marvel universe with aerial stunts, video projection, and special effects that entertain fans of all ages.

Image Courtesy of Palace Theatre

SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway
Through September 2, 2018

Palace Theatre
1564 Broadway (Between 46th & 47th Streets)
Prices: $49-$14
This one-of-a-kind musical event showcases one of the most beloved kid characters from Nickelodeon. SpongeBob and all of his friends come to life with song and dance for families to enjoy.

Paw PatrolPAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
March 23 – 25

The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
Prices: $30-$175
Kids will enjoy The Great Pirate Adventure in Adventure Bay with Ryder and his team of pirate pups. The PAW Patrol teams sets out to find a treasure during this live performance.

Our Senses
Image Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience
Through January 2019

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St 
Hours: 10 am – 5:45 pm
Adults $23, Student or Senior $18, Children $13
In this funhouse exhibition, there are 11 galleries that showcase the senses. Kids can test their balance as the walls appear to ripple, fly through a garden through the eyes of a butterfly to learn how other animals experience nature, or attend a live live presentation about how and why our senses are necessary for survival.

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