December 16, 2013

Picks of the Week: December 16-22

A Very Animated World, “Yo Gabba Gabba” Live Holiday Show, “The Snow Maiden,” “The Magic Flute,” and 12 Days of Science

By Gavriella Mahpour

Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba Live; photo by Daniel Messer on flickr

Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba Live; photo by Daniel Messer on flickr

Greetings, fellow event-seekers! Now that the snow has turned to sludge and kids are anxiously awaiting winter break, we’d like to turn your attention towards this week’s many activities. We’ve included three live shows, a children’s film fest, and tons of wintery science fun for all ages. Stay warm and enjoy.

Begins Monday, December 16

The Magic Flute
The Metropolitan Opera House
7:30 pm
Typically, opera isn’t the first thing that pops into one’s mind when planning a night on the town with the kids. However, Julie Taymor’s production of “The Magic Flute is a fantastic way to introduce the younger set to the world of opera. “The Magic Flute’s” storyline—Prince Tamino’s efforts to save a princess-in-distress—will enchant even the most fidgety of your brood. Clocking in at 100 minutes, this condensed version is sung in English and features the  beautiful music of Mozart. Runs through Saturday, January 4. Tickets start at $25.

Begins Friday, December 20

An Animated World: Celebrating Five Years of GKids Classics
IFC Center
Various times
GKids, one of the world’s biggest distributors of animated films for children, will be screening 18 of their favorite international animated movies in honor of their fifth birthday. Little film buffs will enjoy such cinematic gems as The Secret of Kells, A Cat in Paris, the U.S. theatrical premiere of Nocturna, and others. Please note: Some films are intended for teen and adult audiences only. Please consult the film festival’s website for each film’s specific age recommendation. Runs through Thursday, January 2. Tickets are $9.50 for children and $13.50 for adults.

Friday, December 20-Sunday, December 22

A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live Holiday Show
The Beacon Theatre
Various times
Preschoolers are invited to the Beacon Theatre this weekend for “Yo Gabba Gabba’s” first live holiday show. Join DJ Lance Rock and his friends Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Plex, and Toodee as they explore a winter wonderland. Based on the hit Nick Jr. television series, “Yo Gabba Gabba!” teaches youngsters ages 1 and up important life lessons and encourages movement using silly songs and dance. Need another reason to see the show? A dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to Toys for Tots, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing underprivileged children with new toys for Christmas. Tickets start at $46.

Begins Saturday, December 21

12 Days of Science
Liberty Science Center
Various times during Center hours
Liberty Science Center is celebrating the holiday season with 12 Days of Science! Beginning this Saturday, visitors can participate in daily special activities and workshops designed to encourage curious children to experiment in a safe environment. Activities include liquid nitrogen ice cream demos, indoor snow making, a “Bubblemania” show, live penguin meet and greets, a screening of The Polar Express in the IMAX Dome, and access to the Center’s newest exhibits, “Gridiron Glory” and “Bob the Builder: Project Build It”. Runs through Wednesday, January 1. Closed on Wednesday, December 25. Check Liberty Science Center’s website for specific daily events. Free with Center admission.

Sunday, December 22

The Snow Queen
The Walt Whitman Theatre
4 pm
This holiday musical tells the beloved story of how a young girl is changed into the lovely Snow Maiden. The tale hails from Russia, and the elaborate production uses Russian songs, gorgeous costumes, and traditional dances to weave a breathtaking winter tale. Plus, every child will receive a Christmas candy gift box! Performed in Russian with English supertitles. Tickets start at $35.

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