The fun, kid-friendly events that New York City has planned this winter make it a great time for families to visit. Whether you’re here to celebrate the holiday season, catch a kids’ film festival or bring the brood to a scenic skating rink, there is no more magical place to be. Read on for our picks.
Museums & Galleries Butterfly Conservatory at AMNH
Celebrate the annual return of this re-created tropical forest environment filled with over 500 live butterflies. The butterflies live in a magical summer-like environment, surrounded by tropical flowers and lush vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. It's the perfect exhibition on a cold fall or winter day, and great for children and adults.
Arts & Culture George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
It's likely you already know the story—and that no New York City holiday season is complete without seeing this production. The glittering classic, performed annually by the New York City Ballet since 1954, has become one of the City's signature family-friendly traditions. Expect to warm your spirit with visions of the Sugarplum Fairy and, naturally, the Nutcracker.
Arts & Culture World's Largest Hanukkah Menorahs
Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world's largest menorah, at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street, across the street from The Plaza hotel). This 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon is a sight to behold. Every evening during the holiday, at 5:30pm, a candle will be lit. For the Sabbath, the lighting will be at 3:30pm on Friday and 8:30pm on Saturday.