January brings a wave of new shows and new exhibits for NYC kids. This weekend, the Children's Museum of Manhattan returns its Hello From Japan! exhibit, an interactive investigation of two Tokyo districts. The Brooklyn Children's Museum takes kids outdoors while still indoors with its Wilderness Camp exhibit.
For shows, the Broadway Playhouse invites lucky kids to sing Gershwin onstage, and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company spins, flips, and whirls itself into Brooklyn for an early Lunar New Year celebration. For an overall theater lowdown, use our guide to the best winter shows for kids. For more art exhibits, check out our must-see museum and art picks for NYC kids this winter.
There's no lack of one-of-a-kind experiences this weekend, either, with science and building activities at the Inventgenuity Fest, the Queens Museum's exploration of a mysterious watershed model, and a Baby and Me Comedy show in Astoria—and yes, that's exactly what it sounds like.
It's also inauguration weekend for one NYC native, and with that also comes the Women's March on Washington, D.C., and the local Women's March on NYC in Midtown Saturday. By the way, some of NYC's cultural institutions are getting into the inauguration action, such as the Whitney, which extended its "pay what you wish" admission hours to all day Friday, January 20, and is hosting a series of FREE events on the day. The New Museum will also offer pay-what-you-wish admission on Inauguration Day.
Interested in planning out your entire year? See our brand-new 2017 GoList for all the best things opening in NYC this year! If the current month is all you can handle for now, stick with our January GoList, as well as our Winter Fun Guide.