December 23, 2013

Picks of the Week: December 23-29

ReMake the Holidays, “The Pirates of Penzance,” Kwanzaa at AMNH, New Year’s Dance Party, and The Itty Biddies

By Gavriella Mahpour

Photo by Victoria Pickering

Photo by Victoria Pickering via flickr

After the presents have been unwrapped, and the food has been devoured, continue the holiday merriment with one of these splendid weekend events. Choose from a pirate performance, a meaningful Kwanzaa celebration, a delightful dance party, and more. Happy Holidays!

Beginning Friday, December 27

ReMake the Holidays
New York Hall of Science
12 pm-4 pm
During this four-day event, families can get their fill of holiday arts and crafts at the New York Hall of Science. Each day’s activities are centered around a different theme (electronics, 3D design, animation, and fashion). Activities include making LED paper lanterns and light-up origami creations, rewiring circuit-based toys, a paper building challenge, a gingerbread house decorating class, animation workshops, beginner sewing lessons, and much more. Plus, every day Bill Bywater will be on-hand for ice sculpting demos and workshops and Skraptacular will join visitors for screenings of “Bag It The Movie.” Through Monday, December 30. Free with Hall admission. Some activities may require preregistration and/or an additional fee.

The Pirates of Penzance
Symphony Space
Various times
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will present their production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at Symphony Space this weekend. Filled with wacky characters like Mellifluous Mabel and Frederic, an apprentice whose birthday occurs on a leap year and, of course, swashbuckling pirates, this musical comedy will leave the family laughing long after you leave the theater. Runs through Tuesday, December 31. Tickets start at $67 for adults and $34 for children.

Saturday, December 28

Kwanzaa 2013
American Museum of Natural History
12 pm-5 pm
The American Museum of Natural History invites you and your family to celebrate Kwanzaa at the museum. For the holiday’s 35th anniversary, the museum will be throwing a posh party with raffles, live music, and dance performances. Storyteller Linda Hume will host the event, which includes an appearance by The Supremes from the cast of “Motown the Musical” and the fancy footwork of dance troupes such as Restoration Dance Theatre Company, Balance Dance Theatre, and famed choreographer Obediah Wright. Free with museum admission.

New Year’s Dance Party
The Plaza Hotel
3 pm-4 pm
Join Eloise at the Plaza for a New Year’s Dance Party! Guests will be treated to entertainment by Miss Christine, goofy games, scrumptious snacks in the Tea Room, and the chance to show off their best dance moves on Eloise’s zebra-striped catwalk. Admission is $45 per child and adult; $40 per additional child. One adult must accompany the child at the event.

Sunday, December 29

The Itty Biddies
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
3 pm & 4 pm
Catch The Itty Biddies live in their concert at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The band’s blend of folk and pop music make them a hit with kids and parents alike. The ladies will perform tunes from their latest children’s album, “Hello Hello Hello!” including “Safari,” “Jump Around,” and “Move Your Body.” Free with museum admission.

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