Free Things To Do In New York With Kids This Weekend, Dec 7th — Dec 9th, 2018 - Kid 101

Free Things To Do In New York With Kids This Weekend, Dec 7th — Dec 9th, 2018

Lighting of the World’s Largest Menorah: Manhattan

Never ever miss the sight of the world’s largest menorah hosted at the City of New York, Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue between West 58th and West 59th Streets, Manhattan from Friday, December 7, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Never ever miss the sight of the world’s largest menorah hosted at the City of New York. Sparkle your day with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza, south of Central Park through Sunday, December 9, 2018! The menorah is 32 feet tall and weighs about 4,000 pounds! The lighting of this menorah generally takes place at 5:30 pm, so do not miss that. Lightings usually take place at 3:30 pm, on Fridays and 8:00 pm on Saturdays.  The lighting will be a delight for kids of all ages and the admission is free.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Lift up the Christmas spirit at the Carroll Park Carroll Gardens, Between Court St and Smith St, Brooklyn, New York on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Lift up the Christmas spirit at the Carroll Park Carroll Gardens. Join Court Street Merchants Association, Friends of Carroll Park, elected officials, friends, neighbors, and maybe even a fat man in a red suit when they flip the switch on the holiday decor! Countdown and carols will happen at the Louis Valentino, Jr. Ballfield, followed immediately by food and fun in the Robert Acito Park House. They will also be collecting goods for the City Harvest holiday food drive, so please grab a can or box of non-perishable food en route!  This event is ideal for kids of all ages, and the entry is free.

Annual Lott House Tree Lighting

Decorations, gifts, lights and fun for all are there at the Hendrick I. Lott House, 1940 East 36th Street, Brooklyn on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

This weekend on Friday, the Lott House will be hosting its Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Along with the lighting of the tree, the historic Dutch-American farmhouse will be visited by Sinterklass. Children can sit with the Dutch version of Santa Claus to share their holiday wishes and pose for photos. The ceremony will include live music, free cookies, cocoa and fun for all. Children of all ages are invited, the admission is free.

La Escuelita 15th Annual Book Fair

Adorn your shelves with books from the La Escuelita, 225 West 99th Streeet, New York 10025 on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Adorn your shelves with books from the La Escuelita! Celebrate the bilingual community and rich cultural heritage with hundreds of the latest and best Spanish language children’s books. At La Escuelita’s two day book fair, children, parents and educators have the opportunity to discover new stories and share treasured favorites in an atmosphere that fosters the school’s connection with the wider bilingual community. The vast majority of books which have been selected by La Escuelita’s early childhood educators are priced under $ 10, and most are not available from traditional booksellers. The books featured are designed for infants through Grade 6. This event is appropriate for children of the age 0- 12. This event is free to attend.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Holiday Fair will be taking place until Monday, December 24, 2018 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, on Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd Street at Park Avenue, New York 10017.

Grand Central Holiday Fair will offer one-of-a-kind gifts for your entire list. For a magical, one-stop holiday-shopping experience, nothing compares to the Holiday Fair at Grand Central. The experience itself is a holiday gift. Explore one of the most beautiful architectural settings in the world featuring 40 talented artisans. The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair is one of the finest, longest-running indoor holiday fairs in New York City. The Holiday Fair Committee spends the year looking for unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally-sourced materials or a socially-conscious business model. 40 vendors will take over half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall for almost six weeks to sell artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s/women’s accessories, children’s clothing/toys and home goods. Free!!

Annual Wreath Interpretations

Check a lot to prettify your home at the Arsenal Gallery, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street Central Park- Parks Department Headquarters, New York on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9.00 am

Phone: 212-360-8163

Celebrate an innovate holiday season with the 36th annual exhibition that shows so much of creativity on unconventional wreaths crafted by a distinct selection of more than 40 talented artists, designers, and other creative contributors. Their main aim is to brace this eternal holiday symbol, the participating artists use various and unusual materials like beer cans, eyeglasses, kitchen utensils, and gardening tools to represent themes ranging from climate change to family heritage. This exhibition is an ingenious and fun way to experience this holiday season. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy here for free.

Saturday Science: Let’s Move It

Little science freaks can step in at the Education Lab, Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 609 W 129th St, New York 10027 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Email: programs@zi.columbia.edu 

Phone: 212-853-0600

Saturday Science events are held monthly through the school year. At December’s Saturday Science, the theme is Let’s Move It. Kids can get curious, play and learn how their brain tells your body to move. Themes and materials change monthly to incorporate the wide ranging topics in neuroscience and the latest discoveries coming from Zuckerman Institute labs. Students attending Saturday Science events receive a passport, and are encouraged to collect stamps for participation in events throughout the year. Kids of all ages are encouraged to participate in this event and the event is free.

2018 Christmas Party

Dress up and party hard with your munchkins at the Washington Market Park, Chambers St. bet.ween Greenwich St. and West St, NY on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Dress up and party hard with your munchkins at the Washington Market Park. The Big, Red-Suited Santa will be the guest of honor at this annual Christmas party! Riding to the park in style sometimes by pedicab, sometimes peddled by an oversized elf, Santa takes requests from children on his throne stationed at the gazebo. Please do consider supporting a local children’s organization and bring an unwrapped gift to the party! It’s a treat for kids and a truly funny moment for parents. Santa then takes requests from children on his throne in the park gazebo. Carols are performed while homemade cookies and hot apple cider will keep everyone feeling warm and jolly. Kids of all ages can join in for some merry-making for free!

Holiday Boulevard Park

Knock out the boredom and pep start the Christmas fun at the 35th Street Playground in Hudson Park, Manhattan, New York on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

This week have fun together with your kids and celebrate the holidays at Hudson Blvd Park! Kids can take a photo with Santa, or a horse-drawn carriage ride around the park, and join the Christmas tree holiday lighting at 5:00 pm! There will be arts and crafts, and holiday-themed activities abound. So be sure to stop by! The event is free and open to the public.

ConEd STEM Family Day: Laser Cut Ornaments

ConEd STEM Family Day: Laser Cut Ornaments event will be taking place at the Staten Island MakerSpace, 450 Front Street, Unit B- Entrance on Thompson Street, New York 10304 on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For an ultimate all new workshop drop in here, kids can observe the laser cutter in action! In this workshop you will assemble your own Christmas tree ornament and decorate it. Caregiver involvement is required. Please arrive within the first hour to ensure your seat. Kids of all ages are welcome, parental supervision required. The admission is free for everyone.

Family Affair: Winter Wonderland

Family Affair: Winter Wonderland offers free fun filled activities for kids at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10456 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Family Affair: Winter Wonderland offers free fun filled activities for kids to celebrate the winter. Celebrate the holiday season at The Bronx Museum of the Arts! Join in with your tiny tots for an afternoon filled with festive art activities for the entire family. This event is recommended for children ages 4 to 12 with parent/caregiver. Family Affair is a free family program for children ages 12 and under with their parents or guardians.

“Pretty Monsters”: Clay Pit Ponds Park

So who’s up for an adventure?  Just drop in at the Clay Pit Pnds State Forest Preserve, 2351 Veterans Road, SINY 10309 (corner of Sharrotts Rd) on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm.

Staten Island OutLOUD and the friendly forest rangers host a reading for all ages on “Pretty Monsters” and woodland creatures. They’ll meet you inside the warm and cozy interpretive center. Forest Rangers will also offer a short optional walk in the woods, weather permitting.  This outdoor tip is suitable for kids of the age 7 and up. Free parking in the visitors’ lot, there is no entry fee.

2018: Holiday Swap!

Spend some time to replenish our mother earth with green at the Leonard Library, 81 Devoe Street, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Spend some time to replenish our mother earth with green at the Leonard Library. Since 2009, Town Square has been promoting environmental consciousness at the local level through the Greencycle Swaps. They firmly believe that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Join in to recycle, reuse and reduce!  Drop off your cleaned gently-used and working items, browse the selection and fill a bag to take. No need to bring things to take things. Out of consideration for others, they may limit what you take to the greater of 1 bag or the total number of bags of items that you bring. There is a suggested donation of $10 a family. No entry fee, all are welcome.

Annual St. Nicholas Cookie Walk

Join the 10th Annual St. Nicholas Cookie Walk at St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church – NYC Landmark , 288 E. 10th Street, Corner of 10th St. & Ave. A, East Village on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from Noon to 3:00 pm.

The Cookie Team bakes over 70,000 holiday confections – about 75 varieties. What makes the Cookie Walk unique is that you are in charge. You “take a walk” around tables ladened with cookies and hand-pick your favorites to fill an empty box.  There are two sizes of boxes to fill: $ 15 and $ 35. Check out the Crafts and celebrate family fun! Children 12 and under can create their own sweet masterpiece at our Little Elves Bakery and Workshop. No charge except to have Fun! Santa will also visit through the day for pictures at the awesome Photo Booth. Just $ 5 and, after the last cookie is packed, be sure to visit Tinseltown, the gift market. This event is recommended for kids of all ages and the entry is free.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals will be hosted at the Christ Church, 524 Park Avenue, New York 10065 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Phone: 212-838-3036

Blessing of the Animals will be hosted at the Christ Church. This service includes a procession of animals to the altar for blessing. All pets must be accompanied by their owners; all owners must be accompanied by their pets. This event is hosted by Cindy Adams, the New York Post, and Christ Church. Seating on first come first served basis.  Kids of all ages are welcome. Space is limited, no RSVP required. No admission fee is required.

Chanukah on the Park

For free unlimited fun drop in at the Yellowstone Park, 6801 Yellowstone Blvd., Queens, NY 11375 on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Chabad of Forest Hills North and Anshe Sholom Chabad JCC will present their annual, 15-foot Menorah Chanukah Lighting at Yellowstone Park.  Join in the Forest Hills City officials, Rabbis, and friends as they kindle all eight Lights on the 15-foot Gigantic Menorah. Grand Menorah Lighting will take place at 6:30 pm, greetings from guest city officials and rabbis, live music and dance with Chanukah clowns, the mad science show,  Grand Auction with great prizes, candy truck, jelly doughnuts, drinks. Have a great day with your kids no matter what ages they belong to all are welcome for free.

Luminaries

Luminaries is a free event will take place at the Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey, New York 10281 on Friday, December 7, 2018 and Saturday, December 8, 2018 at various times.

This holiday tradition in the heart of Lower Manhattan features a canopy of colorful lights emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. This interactive exhibit features three Wishing Stations located on the ground will allow visitors to send a touch-activated wish to the canopy of lanterns above, activating a magical display of lights and colors. Light Shows are from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. There will not be any light shows on Sunday, December 9, 2018 and the Wishing takes place from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Kids of all ages can drop in for free.



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