For KidsWinter’s Eve buzzes with music, activities and FREE entertainment for children of all ages. The whole family can enjoy memorable experiences throughout the neighborhood with holiday crafts and exclusive performances at select locations.
The Pop Ups have received a GRAMMY nomination for their second family music CD, Radio Jungle. This self-produced, self-released collection of wildly imaginative and catchy tunes debuted in April, and has since won accolades from Parents’ Choice the Fids and Kamily Awards, as well as heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s “Kids Place Live” radio show, and other national acclaim.
The Pop Ups (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein) are a Brooklyn-based musical duo who the Wall Street Journal says “reflect the creativity percolating on the independent children’s music scene.” Not your typical band; The Pop Ups perform their music using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets; crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The Pop Ups perform regularly at NYC venues, tour regionally, and are about to do their second national tour with Yo Gabba Gabba Live. The duo won high praise from critics for their first stage show “PASTA: A Pop Ups Puppet Musical,” which has enjoyed successful runs in New York and Los Angeles.
The Pop Ups’ first release Outside Voices took the kindie rock world by surprise when it was released in 2010, winning awards, national radio play and mounds of critical acclaim. A love letter to pop music, Radio Jungle assimilates pop idioms into something new and altogether unique. The songs are polished, sonically cohesive and inviting with themes ranging from where “Bananas” come from, to the artistic potential presented by a “Box of Crayons.” Teachable moments abound, as in the phonemic “Elephants” and the bouncy counting song “Math Rock.” The Pop Ups exuberance and musical prowess shine with every track. The album features Shawana Kemp (Shine & the Moonbeams), legendary psych-rock pioneer Peter Stampfel (The Fugs and Holy Modal Rounders), and Oran Etkin, a clarinetist-educator who has participated in other productions recognized by the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).
Following Jason’s featured role in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of One Man Two Guvnors, The Pop Ups are scheduling a busy upcoming 2013 concert tour of their new puppet musical titled RADIO JUNGLE, a comedic, ecological scavenger hunt in search of color, featuring songs from the GRAMMY nominated album and proving that anyone can use duct tape, cardboard, paint and imagination to create magic, and adventure.
Location: Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society – Broadway & 61st Street
Time: 6:15pm | 7:00pm | 7:45pm
The beloved Freezemeister is back! JACK FROST is live on stage and is taking your holiday season by storm! With a blizzard of frosty, fun-filled, family entertainment, he will warm the hearts of all ages.
Witness icy illusions and mystifying magic! See juggling snowballs and snowman impersonations! Sing along with holiday favorites; “Frosty the Snowman” and “Let it Snow!” Watch the children delight in Jack Frost’s famous game of “Freeze!” And cheer on the charming champion of the “Perilous Plate Challenge!” There’s magic, music, merriment, and more with Mr. White Christmas himself. JACK FROST is a must see!
Location: Time Warner Center
Time: 6:00pm | 6:30pm
Take a break from all the entertainment to celebrate your creativity with these family-friendly activities. Don’t miss all of the fun at Kids’ Central at Broadway and 61st Street with face painting, tattoos and crafts hosted by the West Side YMCA, a holiday card workshop with New York Society for Ethical Culture and Voice Painter.
Voice Painter allows young people to create amazing paintings with their voices just by talking, singing or making funny noise into a microphone. Kids’ Voice Paintings are fascinating in color and form – no two are the same, and each is the child’s own that creates it because it is their voice and their choices that makes it the unique art it is. VoicePainter is fun, easy and lets kids create great Holiday gifts.
You can Sign-up online for your kids to receive their own VoicePainter Video that they create at Winter’s Eve (The video contains their dynamic painting and voice). They will also become eligible to win tickets to the Broadway show Cinderella, and will receive a free copy of VoicePainter. Click Here to sign-up for VoicePainter now.
On the second floor of Time Warner Center, have fun with performers and face painters from the Big Apple Circus, and celebrate the season of giving with DOROT and GenerationOn! by making holiday cards for seniors in the community.
Head north to TD Bank on Broadway and 62nd Street where children and their parents can get creative as they customize their very own Holiday Hat at the TD decorating station.
If that wasn’t enough, we are lucky to have Santa visiting Lincoln Square during Winter’s Eve. Say hi to Santa at Brooks Brothers at 1934 Broadway and 65th Street and meet St. Nicholas at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (Columbus Avenue at 60th Street). St. Paul’s will also be screening Christmas cartoon movies for children.
Don’t miss your chance to meet PBS Kids/THIRTEEN characters Curious George and Daniel Tiger outside the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center – Broadway and 66th Street.
After you stop for a picture with your favorite character, be sure to take a behind the scenes look at the studio.
Location: Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center
Time: All Evening
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Daniel Tiger © 2012 The Fred Rogers Company.
The XYLOPHOLKS are a dynamic group of musicians who mostly play novelty ragtime music from the 1920′s (featuring the xylophone!). They do so while wearing furry animal costumes. The XYLOPHOLKS wish to make people happy and perhaps even dance.
Location: 62nd & Broadway
Time: 6:00 | 7:00 | 8:00
A family favorite and holiday classic returns to the big screen! Whether you watch it every year or want to enjoy it for the first time, the Academy Award-winning Miracle on 34th Street is a must-see for all ages.
When a nice old man from a retirement home becomes the favorite Santa at Macy’s, even a cynical little girl (Natalie Wood) slowly becomes a believer—not just in the spirit of Christmas, but in the ability of all of us to be kind and generous. As this Santa brings rival retailers together, he’s hauled off to the loony bin and has to go to court to prove he’s the real Kris Kringle, making for a raucous courtroom climax. Edmund Gwenn won an Oscar for his role as the most genuine Santa on screen. The original is still the best, full of real New York City locations. Although Gimbels Department Store may be a thing of the past, Macy’s and its annual Thanksgiving Day parade are still here and more famous than ever!
Join the Film Society for this beloved classic and enjoy delicious popcorn from indie food and wine free of charge! Also, be sure to check out their Family Films series with weekend matinees the kids are sure to love like Babe, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more.
Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam
Time: 3:30pm | 5:30pm | 7:30pm (doors open 15 minutes prior to each screening)
From 5:30 – 7:30pm, Kaufman Music Center presents student chamber groups, ages 8-18, from the Special Music and Lucy Moses Schools performing classical and holiday music at TD Bank at 68th Street and Broadway. Enjoy holiday cookies and drinks courtesy of TD Bank.
At the Professional Children’s School, located just west of Columbus Avenue on 60th Street, student singers, dancers and instrumentalists will delight all with a Classical and Popular sampling at 6:00pm.
And, of course, The LaGuardia High School Show Choir will return to Winter’s Eve for yet another fantastic performance on the second floor of Time Warner Center at 7:30pm.
In celebration of Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square, Apple will ring in the season with music from the hit Broadway shows “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” and “Motown the Musical.” Join cast members as they perform a few songs live for us. Visit www.apple.com/upperwestside to register for this event.
Location: Apple Store, Upper West Side – Broadway at 67th Street
Real-life rocket scientist, Scott Heifetz, founded Launch Math & Science Centers with one mission in mind: Inspire children to love and learn math and science! Launch provides Pre-K through 8th grade kids with inspiring math instruction and science-based camps and workshops. At Winter’s Eve, kids can join Launch to make their own Holiday light that doubles as a super powered magnet. This colorful LED light is a fun and easy do-it-yourself science project that kids can keep and enjoy at home!
Location: Kids’ Central at the American Bible Society – Broadway & 61st Street
Time: All evening
On Winter’s Eve, Okamoto Studio will create an ice sculpture figure. OKAMOTO STUDIO is a New York-based artist collective best known for their design, production, and consultation of everything made of crystal clear ice. From the most delicate ice wares to life-like sculptures to live performance carvings, OKAMOTO STUDIO delivers the perfect ice experience. Formed in 2003, OKAMOTO’s mission is to showcase the full beauty and potential of handcrafted ice. Custom sculpted ice by OKAMOTO STUDIO is precise, well considered, effective, and mesmerizing.
Location: Time Warner Center (outside)
Time: All Evening
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