• Events: Top Kid-Friendly Activities For The Week

    Re-Make the Holidays at the New York Hall of Science, Kwanzaa celebration at the AMNH, NYRR Midnight Run in Central Park, and more!

    By Gavriella Mahpour
    Have a happy and healthy New Year! Photo by gigi_nyc via Flickr.

    Have a happy and healthy New Year! Photo by gigi_nyc via Flickr.

    This week we’ll bid adieu to 2016 and welcome 2017! To celebrate we’ve hand-picked these festive family friendly events which include a maker’s holiday fest, a Kwanzaa celebration, New Year’s Eve activities on Coney Island as well as at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and a late-night run in Central Park. Happy New Year!

    Tuesday, December 27-Friday, December 30

    Re-Make the Holidays
    New York Hall of Science
    12-4pm
    Learn how to re-purpose recyclable materials by transforming them into artistic treasures for the holiday season at Re-Make the Holidays at the New York Hall of Science. With each of the four days focusing on a different recyclable material, grown-ups and kids can learn how to sew small stuffed animals, create jewelry from plastic, transform toilet paper into ornaments and cars, and turn aluminum and bottle caps into wonderful works of art. Families will also learn how to protect the environment through insightful workshops, demos, and art installations. Free with hall admission.

    Friday, December 30

    Kwanzaa 2016: Songs for the Soul
    American Museum of Natural History
    12pm & 3pm
    This year marks the 38th annual Kwanzaa celebration at the American Museum of Natural History. This “Songs for the Soul” celebration will be highlighted by a performance by season two American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard. There will also be special activities, a performance by the students of the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, an international marketplace, and special Kwanzaa foods to celebrate the holiday. Hosted by Dr. Linda H. Humes. Free with museum admission.

    Friday, December 30-Saturday, December 31

    New Year’s Eve Activities
    Children’s Museum of Manhattan
    Various times
    The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is saying farewell to 2016 with New Year’s activities for kids of all ages. Visitors can decorate hats and and glasses, make a noisemaker, march in a parade, watch “the ball” drop, and dance the year away during a kiddie dance party with DJ Chela. Some activities require advance registration. Free with museum admission.

    Saturday, December 31

    3rd Annual Coney Island New Year’s Eve Celebration
    Coney Island
    9pm-Midnight
    Ring in 2017 on Coney Island! There will be free rides on Deno’s Wonder Wheel, the Thunderbolt, and the B & B Carousel (weather permitting), ice skating at Abe Stark Rink (6-10pm), fireworks, and live music and performances. To insure a good time is had by all, the New York Aquarium will be open late. This event is free.

    NYRR Midnight Run
    Central Park
    10pm
    Sprint into the new year with the NYRR Midnight Run! This four-miler will begin when the clock strikes midnight, and participants will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. Starting at 10pm, there will be DJs, neon face painting, strobe lights, and fun photo ops in the park’s Rumsey Playfield. Race admission is $60 for adult NYRR non-members and $30 for junior NYRR non-members.

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