Things For Kids and Families To Do in New York City - November 20 - 21: Icky Fest, Comedy, Music, Museum Events and More

Things to do

Here we are at the last sane weekend before we are shot out into the chaos that we call “The Holidays” in NYC.  If you have nothing planned for the weekend, look no further, we have the scoop on what to do.  There is great live music for kids and families--everything from a family friendly performance by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to the fabulous Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Symphony Space.  There is a book release party for Christmas Feet at The Pond, a picture book workshop with Melanie Hope Greenberg and even live stand up comedy for kids – by kids!

You could also check out one of the fantastic circus style shows in town right now like the Squirm Burpee Circus at the New Victory Theater, the brand new exhibit on the Brain at the American Museum of Natural History, get grossed out at The Brooklyn Childrens Museum’s Icky Fest, go see The Holiday Train Show at The NY Botanical Garden or find something else to fun to in the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar.

Read on to plan, and no matter what you decide to do have a great weekend.  

All Weekend:

Icky Fest – Brooklyn
This event sounds like a blast! A weekend devoted to slimy, yucky and disgusting stuff – like gross bugs; making slime, dissecting owl pellets, making icky art and a lot more. Sid the Science Kid will be there too. FREE with museum admission

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Make a picture book workshop with Melanie Hope Greenberg—Brooklyn
The award winning illustrator leads an interactive workshop for kids on how to make an illustrated book from start to finish, starting with a concept and sketches and ending with a finished book. FREE

Christmas Feet Book Launch Party and Family Day at the Pond – Midtown West

Carlos the French bulldog hits Bryant Park in his latest adventure, so where better to celebrate the debut of his new book Christmas Feet than The Pond? Tons of fun in store like live music by the Deedle Deedle Dees and Bob Dorough of School House Rock fame, acrobats, skating lessons and even a doggie fashion show. FREE

Junior Detective Day – Financial District
Kids and teens can help solve a mystery at the NYC Police Museum using CSI techniques and investigation practices like handwriting analysis, testing PH balance, invisible ink, fingerprinting and more. FREE with museum admission.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Temple Shaaray Book Fair –Upper East Side
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and entertain the kids at the same time. In addition to the books on sale there will be musical performances by Moey’s Music Party and Brett’s Band, a comical magic show by Sam and Trudie, puppet shows, story time and lots more fun.  FREE

Kids N’ Comedy - Stand Up Show – Chelsea
Take the whole family to a g-rated stand up comedy show starring some real up and coming comics – teenagers!  These shows are the culmination of the Kids ‘N Comedy stand up class where they learn to write and perform their own hysterical routine.  $15 per person and a two item minimum.   

Baby’s Got Bach –Greenwich Village
It is never too early to expose them to the classics.  Join pianist, Orli Shaham, and her buddies as they bring chamber music alive in an intimate concert setting featuring hands on activities for kids including a chance at playing real instruments.  $15 for adults,  $10 for children or $35 for family of 2 children and 2 adults.

Meet the Music: Tough Turkey in the Big City – Upper West Side

Watch and listen as a turkey from the farm decides to hit the Big Apple.  Part concert and part story time performed by the The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center through violin, clarinet, percussion instruments and a bass trombone playing Tom Turkey.  Two performances.  $15 - $25

Outside of NYC:

Across the Hudson in NJ meet and learn all about owls in a special workshop given by the Raptor Trust in Millington.  You can even build an owl house for your own backyard.  $10 (Owl house kits extra).

On Long Island bring your old jack-o-lanterns to the Cradle of Aviation museum and they will drop them from from two stories up for a big splat.  Free with museum admission. 


Check out the Mommy Poppins Calendar of Events.

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