Looking for the perfect ending to the holiday break? Look no further! We have curated a list of the most awesome family events taking place all over the city from January 8-10. Whether your family is still celebrating the holidays or not, there is something available for everyone to enjoy this weekend like ice skating, light shows, educational experiences, arts, crafts and much more! Take a look below to plan your awesome New York kids weekend.
Psst… eager for a positive take on the new year during the pandemic? Check out: Denise Nicole On Staycations, Homeschooling and Self-Care.
What’s Happening in NYC this weekend:
AMNH Astronomy Online – Secrets of Saturn
Virtual | Friday, January 8 at 1 pm | Free | Details
The NASA Cassini mission has explored the question: why do our planets form a disk around the Sun? It was revealed that Saturn is a natural laboratory for investigating, and your family can be a part of the journey! Ring in the new year with a virtual trip to Saturn’s rings.
Starting January 9
Wave Hill’s Family Art Project
Remote | January 9 | Free | Details
This weekend workshop is perfect for the young ones in the family! Turn the creativity all the way up for these DIY crafts that you’ll be able to do from the comfort of your own home. Painting, planting, sculpting and more will be taught starting Jan. 9.
Puppetworks Performance- Aladdin & The Wonderful Lamp
338 6th Avenue (at 4th Street) | January 9-10 | Varies | Details
Your family won’t want to miss this marionette performance! Aladdin & The Wonderful Lamp will be sure to dazzle everyone in the audience with a unique spin. Call ahead, as the venue is operating at 25 percent capacity!
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street | January 9-10 | Varies | Details
This educational exhibition takes place at the MET and commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage, the 2020 presidential election, the importance of voting and more! There are plenty of exciting activities for the entire family to participate in and learn from, including a voting trial for kids to vote on subjects that matter most to them.
Entire Weekend, January 8-10
2300 Southern Blvd. | Entire Weekend | Varies | Details
Visit this illuminating light show while you can! You’ll find lantern safaris that transport you to Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America and many other beautiful places around the globe. Visitors can purchase tickets right online.
20 Randalls Island Park | Entire Weekend | Varies | Details
Engage in this immersive festival that illuminates several acres of land on Randall’s Island! Each sculpture is inspired by nature, history or magic and offers an escape into another world. LuminoCity will help to create the most memorable bonding moments with the whole family.
New York Botanical Garden Train Show
2900 Southern Blvd | Entire Weekend | Varies | Details
NYBG’s annual traditions take visitors on a looping journey through the most famous New York landmarks. Some of them include the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center! Locomotive fans won’t want to miss it!
1000 Fifth Avenue | Entire Weekend | Varies | Details
P.S. Art is a New York City public school special exhibition that showcases the creativity of 122 prekindergarten through grade 12 students from all five boroughs. Your little ones will be inspired by the many paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, drawings and more! Each work of art expresses an understanding of artistic processes and imaginative use of media.
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy | Entire Weekend, 11 am – 4 pm | Varies | Details
Queens County Farm and the Floral Escape have provided Queens with a winter botanical display that makes for the most perfect winter photo-ops! Plan your visit now, as it will be closing on January 10. Gingerbread figures, candy canes and the crisp winter air make for the perfect family outing this time of year.