• Picks Of The Week: December 24-30

    Family Festival at the Cloisters, Kwanzaa 2012 at AMNH, Tap City Youth Ensemble Holiday Show, and Uncle Rock.

    By Gavriella Mahpour

    Uncle Rock, photo by 92Y Tribeca

    With schools on hiatus for the holidays, this week is an ideal time to take in a holiday show or a family friendly concert. Here’s our compilation of events happening during this festive week.

    Monday, December 24

    “Sculptathon” at the Children’s Museum of the Arts
    12-3pm

    Kids can celebrate the official start of winter by sculpting their favorite winter images in clay, at the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ “Sculptathon.” Your child can idle up to the museum’s clay bar and mold a polar bear, snowman, Santa – whatever makes them smile about winter.

    Tuesday, December 25

    Christmas Day Chinese and a Movie at 92Y Tribeca
    12:30pm

    Families looking for something fun to do in the deserted City on the 25th can head straight to 92Y Tribeca for an afternoon of fun that the entire family can enjoy.  Chow down on an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet while enjoying a trip “Back to the Future,” at 92Y Tribeca’s Christmas Day Chinese and a Movie event.

    Wednesday, December 26

    The Paper Bag Players at the New York Public Library
    2pm

    Your little cowpokes will enjoy a roundup with The Paper Bag Players Saddles and Sunshine show. They will clap, stomp and sing along to the amusing, Western-themed songs, dances, and stories with this popular troop.  So don your spurs and mosey down to the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Holiday Hands-On Activities at the Museum of the City of New York
    10:30am-3:30pm

    Holiday breaks are wonderful but can induce major cases of cabin fever, particularly for New York families. Get out of the house and get your hands dirty at the Museum of the City of New York, which is offering a number of “hands-on” activities for kids of all ages. Kids can choose to make collages of their favorite winter activities inspired by the museum’s holiday exhibition of winter prints and paintings; make like a secret agent on a scavenger hunt in the museum; or be inspired to stand up for their beliefs through an amazing tour of the museum’s Activist New York exhibit and creative activity to facilitate kids’ ability to express their own views.

    Thursday, December 27

    Celebrate 200 Years of Grimm at The New York Public Library
    2pm

    The New York Public Library celebrates the bicentennial of the first publication of the tales of the Brothers Grimm with readings of favorite Grimm Tales. Kids will enjoy hearing their favorite stories come to life by popular storytellers in this special holiday event.

    Thursday, December 27

    ReMake the Holidays at the New York Hall of Science
    12-4pm

    Kids can make their mark on the holidays in a variety of ways at the New York Hall of Science’s series of holiday workshops, demonstrations, art installations and food science activites. Create a giant Lite Brite board, learn about crystals, make ice sculptures or an LED grow light system, make origami and instruments out of recycled items, and learn the groovy craft of tie-dye, among other activities.

    Saturday, December 29

    Kwanzaa 2012: First Fruits of the Harvest at AMNH
    12-5pm

    Join the American Museum of Natural History as they host their annual Kwanzaa festival, filled with family-friendly hands-on activities, an international marketplace, and a special interview about the African feast called Karamu. There will also be musical performances by Restoration Dance Theatre Company, Balance Dance Theatre, and many more!