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Holiday Events for Kids


Unsilent Night
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 (; 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. (; free.

Honking Carols
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. (; free.

Festive Floating
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; 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

Melting Pot
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; 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; $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; $20 adults, $15 children.

Designer Menorahs
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; 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; free with admission.


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