Anyone out there have quiet kids? Ha. Take the noisy crew on a noisy musical romp—meet (with your own boom box) at the Arch in Washington Square Park and march all the way to Tompkins Square Park.
• 12/13, 7 p.m. Washington Square Park (philkline.com); free.
Dreaming Of White?
Multitask: Go holiday shopping at the Time Warner shops, where visitors will be sprinkled every half-hour with a fifteen-minute “snowfall.” An excellent way to distract errand-averse children.
• Through 12/21, Fri.–Sun., every half-hour beginning at 5 p.m. 59th St. at Columbus Cir. (shopsatcolumbuscircle.com); free.
Witness—and perhaps sing along with—a tuba holiday concert at the Rink at Rockefeller Center. If the crowds for the actual event scare you off, go early to hear the rehearsals.
• 12/13, 3:30 p.m. Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, 50th St. nr. Fifth Ave. (tubachristmas.com); free.
Visitors to the Intrepid will feel the holiday love: Expect caroling, storytelling, craft workshops, performances, and more.
• 12/13 and 12/14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pier 86, Twelfth Ave., nr. 46th St. (877-957-7447 or intrepidmuseum.org); free with admission.
Fingers crossed for the real thing, but in case they don’t fall, head to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to hear about them and make some paper ones.
• 12/13, 11:30 a.m., and 12/14, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. 145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Marks Ave., Crown Heights (718-735-4400 or brooklynkids.org).
New York has it all, including a Mexican family holiday celebration at the Museum of the City of New York. Participate in a traditional singing procession (a posada) and witness a shepherd’s play (a pastorela). Bonus: piñatas.
• 12/14, noon to 5 p.m. 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St. (212-534-1672 or mcny.org); free with admission.
Hanukkah, The Musical
Latkes and Applesauce, a holiday revue, celebrates the New York Hanukkah experience at Merkin Concert Hall.
• 12/14 and 12/21, 11 a.m. 129 W. 67th St., nr. Broadway (212-501-3330 or merkinconcerthall.org); $20.
Hanukkah, A Festival
Decorate dreidels, dress up as a Maccabee, and more at the 92nd Street Y.
• 12/14, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 1395 Lexington Ave. (212-415-5500 or 92y.org); $20 adults, $15 children.
DIY miracle-light holders: Build your own at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
• 12/21, times vary. 212 W. 83rd St., nr. Amsterdam Ave. (212-721-1234 or cmom.org); free with admission.
Designer Unity Cup
A week later, make your own Kwanzaa Cup, to be used at the harvest feast. Same place.
• 12/27, times vary, 212 W. 83rd St., nr. Amsterdam Ave. (212-721-1234 or cmom.org); free with admission.