Family Events in Manhattan
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- November 1: The Brownstone School Fall Fun Fair, Schoolyard at 77th Street and Columbus Avenue, (212)874-1341, www.brownstoneschool.org. Bring the whole family down to this annual fun fair to celebrate the bounty of the fall season with an ongoing lineup of games, activities, crafts, bouncy house, trackless train rides, sand art, homemade food and much more! The Brownstone School has been part of the vibrant Upper West Side community for 50 years. 11am-5pm.
- November 1: Peg + Cat + This Equals That, Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 W. 27th St., fourth floor, (212)946-7151, www.aperture.org/event/peg-cat-this-equals-that/. Bring your family to a day of games, readings, music, and specialty pancakes by Shopsins to celebrate the launch of Aperture’s first children’s book, This Equals That, and PBS Kids’ Peg + Cat. 11am.
- Beginning November 2: Interactive Fairytale Hour, Pine Street School, 64 Fulton St., www.creativeplayforkids.com. Red Carpet Kids takes story time in three-dimensional! Experience your favorite fairy tales and kids’ myths with professional actors and actresses and see stories played out in a fun, interactive tale that will mesmerize kids. Coffee and snacks served. Program continues Sundays through December 21. 10-11am.
- November 2: Obake Family Day: Experience Japan’s Ghosts and Goblins, Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St., (212)832-1155, www.japansociety.org. Japanese folklore is rich with supernatural creatures wildly different than the Western images of ghosts and goblins. Japan’s obake, "a thing that changes," and yokai, a range of spirits and monsters, encompass a whole slew of fantastical animals, demons and even everyday household items that magically come to life one hundred years after they were created. 11am-4pm.
- November 3: Your 4-Year-Old: What to Expect, Rutgers Community Programs, Rutgers Community Church, 236 W. 73rd St., (212)877-8227, ext. 212, www.rutgerschurch.org. This free workshop helps parents understand what's going on with their charming and challenging 4-year-old. Learn what you can expect from your child socially, physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Workshop leader Anna Mudrick, a teacher, brings her professional expertise to this discussion. RSVP to Jennifer Moore at email@example.com or by phone. 6-7:30pm.
- November 5: Election Day Bingo, Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St., (212)219-0302, www.eldridgestreet.org/visit/family. What red hot Election Day tradition lit up the Lower East Side a century ago? What did election night, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Mickey Mouse have in common? Cast your vote to play Election Day Bingo and reveal how Lower East Side kids celebrated this important day back when the Eldridge Street Synagogue was new. Appropriate for ages 5-10 with an adult. Reservations recommended. 2-3pm.
- November 7: Friday Flicks for Kids, Battery Park Montessori, Battery Park Montessori Preschool, 21 South End Ave., (212)786-4611, firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop the kids off for a fun evening of arts and crafts, pizza, and movies. The feature film at this event is Pocahontas, rated PG. Appropriate for children ages 3-6. 5-8pm.
- November 8: Musical Tot Shabbat Services, Jewish Community Project Downtown, 146 Duane St., (212)334-3522, www.jcpdowntown.org. Enjoy this family-friendly service and celebration. All ages welcome. 9:30am.
- November 8: Play Date With Peppa Pig at The Scholastic Store, The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway, (212)343-6166, www.scholastic.com/sohostore/rsvp.htm. This free day of festivities features two screenings of select “peppasodes” from the all-new Peppa Pig DVD, “Peppa’s Christmas,” in The Scholastic auditorium. Don’t miss photo opportunities and meet-n-greet fun. There are to be raffles of exclusive Peppa Pig prize packs with toys, books and more. 10am-2pm.
- November 8: Tinkerbell Theatre, West End Theater, 263 W. 86th St., (212)868-4444, www.frogandpeachtheatre.org. Audience members, age 4 and older, are invited to enjoy a fairy tale series, "Tinkerbell Theatre," adapting "Cinderella" and "Snow White" into Rocky-and-Bullwinkle style plays featuring sing-along songs and big, soft puppets. Cinderella: 11:30am; Snow White: 12:30pm.
- November 9: Metamorphosis: Second Sunday Family Tour, Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., (212)423-3500, guggenheim.org/familyprograms. Families with children ages 5-10 investigate how artists change and alter the materials they work with to create artwork, while exploring fall exhibitions and enjoying hands-on gallery activities. Registration required online. 10:30am-noon.
- November 9: A Journey Through Land and Sea, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., www.metmuseum.org. Bring your traveling companions to celebrate the exhibition Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age. Navigate through art and the Museum with activities that bring to life the stories and cultures of this vast ancient world. 1-5pm.
- November 12: Veterans Day Parade, Fifth Avenue from 26th Street to 53rd Street, www.americasparade.org. Families can honor those who have served in the military at this annual New York City parade, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Spectators are encouraged to bring playthings with them to the festivities— the toys will be collected at different spots along the parade route. 11am.
- Opening November 12: The Three Bears Holiday Bash, Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, West 79th Street, www.cityparksfoundation.org. This seasonal offering of song, dance and, of course, puppetry mixes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas themes in an overall take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Showtimes are subject to change. Appropriate for ages 3-9.
- November 15: The Lively and Urgent Question: What Makes Our Anger Right or Wrong, Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene St., (212)777-4490, www.aestheticrealism.org. This Learning to like the World class for young people discusses these sentences by Eli Siegel: "There is such a thing as good anger. In a good anger we are fighting for the beauty of the world. It is hard being angry in the right way. When we are not angry in the right way, something in us knows we are wrong, and we don’t like ourselves for it." 11am-12:15pm.
- November 15: Fly Guy And Other Stories From TheatreworksUSA, On Stage at Kingsborough, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, (718)368-5596, www.onstageatkingsborough.org. A wonderful new musical revue based on the beloved children's books such as Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl (Tedd Arnold), Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch), and others. Meet the cast after the show! 2pm.
- November 16: Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, (212)352-3101, www.nyuskirball.org. Little theatre-goers will fall in love with the blue-furred, bunny-eared, tail-less Manxmouse. Dutch troupe Theatergroep Kwatta brings the imaginative production to life using quirky stuffed toys and everyday objects. Appropriate for ages 5-11. 11am.
- November 18: Dino Yoga, Karma Kids Yoga, 104 W. 14th St., Second floor, (646)638-1444, www.karmakidsyoga.com. Dino-loving kids can join in on a prehistoric adventure that takes them around the world to find and snack alongside different species. Jump in sand pits, dig up bones, and help baby dinos hatch in unique yoga poses. Reservations suggested. Appropriate for ages 3-6. 4:30pm.
- Beginning November 21: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, (212) 873-3400, www.nyhistory.org. This dynamic display appeals to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys dating from approximately 1850 to 1940. This collection contains a comprehensive representation of the work of every major toy manufacturer that set the standard for the Golden Age of European toy manufacturing, including the prized German firms of Märklin, Bing, Ernst Plank and Carette. Through February 22. During museum hours.
- November 22: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, (212)864-5400, www.symphonyspace.com/justkidding. These legendary, multiple Grammy-Award winning artists reinvent folk music while remaining true to tradition. Playing dozens of instruments including banjo, mandolin, guitar, steel drum and ukulele, Cathy and Marcy are also trailblazers in children's and family music. 11am.
- November 23: WeBop! Family Jazz Party: Painted Beats, The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., (212)423-3337, www.thejewishmuseum.org. Express your artistic side at this interactive performance, making its Jewish Museum debut. The all-star WeBop! Band explores connections between jazz and the paintings of abstract expressionists Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis. Appropriate for ages 3-8. 2:30-3:30pm.
- November 28: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, New York City Ballet, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center, www.nycballet.com. Witness the fanciful, fantastical Christmas Eve story and Tchaikovsky's unforgettable melodies as only can be staged by the NYC Ballet. This is the key to enjoying a real New York City holiday season! The show runs through January 3. Times vary.
- Beginning November 28: Macy’s Santaland, Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., www.macys.com. Head up to the eighth floor to find 13,000-square-feet of holiday cheer, igloos, an enchanted forest, ice-skating penguins, a chorus of teddy bears, and of course, Santa Claus! Families can expect to wait 90 minutes or more on a weekend afternoon to visit. 9am each day through Christmas eve.
- November 29 and 30: Breakfast with Santa, Broadway Comedy Club, 318 W. 53rd St., (212)757-2323, www.broadwaycomedyclub.com. Enjoy a continental breakfast served by Santa's elves and pose for a photo with the big man in red himself. Santa hosts an interactive comedy show featuring music, audience participation and Elfprov. Seating and Santa photo opportunities are first-come, first-served. Appropriate for ages 1 to 7. There are additional events on December 6 and 7, as well. 9:30am.
All Month Long
- Through November 16: Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal St., (212)475-1237, www.theplayerstheater.com. Tico Tales is a magical journey to Costa Rica through storytelling, dance and music. Enter the rainforest as the rhymes and legends of an ancient culture sweep you away to a long-forgotten land. Appropriate for all ages. Saturdays and Sundays 2pm and 11am respectively.