Events great for kids, November 20–26

Saturday

     The Open Run is a community-based, exercise initiative that welcomes runners and walkers, strollers and pets on a course of under three miles. The finish line is open until the last person crosses.

     Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early and to leave their valuables at home – a bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages and abilities.

     Free. Saturday morning at 9 in Inwood Hill Park; enter from Isham Street and Seaman Avenue. Through December 30.

 

 

     As part of the Charles Addams exhibition at the Morris Jumel Mansion,“Family & Friends,” you can join a Family Day with an eerie Addams theme. 

     Participants will get to take part in a cartooning event, when they will be asked to create and draw their own comic strips.

     Registration is recommended; click here.

     Free with museum admission. Saturday from 11 to 2 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

     Take your digital camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of Inwood Hill Park during the golden hour before sunset on a hike that takes you to the best spots.

      Free. Saturday afternoon from 3 to 4:30; meet at the park entrance near Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.

 

 

 

Planning ahead

     Do you have a child who’s interested in soccer? The Uptown Soccer Academy has what you need.

     The group meets twice a week on the Dyckman Fields for practice. Children ages 6 through 16 learn the basics and hone their skills. In the winter, practice moves indoors. There’s a summer camp, too.

     Free. Monday and Friday afternoons from 4:30 to 6.

 

 

     Take your kids to a community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends.

     Free. Saturday mornings at 11 at the Word Up Community Book Shop/Librería Comunitaria, in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street.

 

 

     Do you recognize your neighborhood without the subway lines?

     Here’s a chance test your knowledge of the American revolution, WaHi geography, and the history of the oldest house in Manhattan at a historical trivia night. Teams of 4 to 8 people are highly encouraged.

     $10. Thursday night, November 30, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

     The Washington Heights Music Fest in collaboration with W.H.A.M. hosts a monthly open mic for artists, poets, singers, writers and performers. Refreshments will be provided.

     All ages are welcome, so the acts should be appropriate for everyone. 

     The first monthly musical open mic will be followed by session on the first Friday of the month. Hosted by Jason Rosario.

     $5. Friday night, December 1, from 6 to 9 at the Word Up Community Book Shop in Lower WaHi on Amsterdam Avenue at 165th Street. On the first Friday of the month.

 

 

     Let your child express her creativity at a weekly workshop where she can draw outside the lines.

     All supplies are provided at the sessions, which are sponsored by Creative Art Works.
     For children in grades 3, 4, and 5. Drop-off care is provided.

     Free. Saturday mornings, December 2 through 16, from 10 to noon at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. 

 

 

 

    Join a group learning how to make fresh evergreen garland which will decorate the front of the Morris-Jumel Mansion for the holiday season. 

     You can also create two feet of garland to take home to adorn your own doorway. What’s more, hot cocoa will be served!

     This workshop is geared towards adults, but teens accompanied by parents are also welcome. 

     Space is limited for this workshop, so please register by calling (212) 923-8008 or emailing publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

     $10. Saturday afternoon, December 2, from 2 to 4 at the mansion on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

     Join artist Jenae Schwartz and take a deeper look into trees and shrubs when kids discover various conifers and evergreens through art.
     Children ages 4 to 6 will get to create a collage of mixed media using recycled, natural, and other various materials. They can paint their own pine cone with bright colors to take home.

     Space is limited, so register your child, at RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, December 2, at 1 at the Payson Center in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

     Uptown is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Let the Urban Park Rangers guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.

     Today’s birding program seeks out owls. It’s appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Dress for the weather and take your binoculars.

     Registration is required at the Urban Park Rangers Program Registration page. Registration opens on Wednesday, November 22.

     Free. Saturday evening, December 2, from 5 to 6:30 in Inwood Hill Park; exact location will be shared with registered participants.

 

 

     You know lots of holiday music, but well do you really know your carols?

     Find out at a holiday version of name that tune and an evening of holiday music trivia, when you’ll compete to name different types of holiday classics.

     Free. Monday night. December 4, at 7:30 in J. Hood Wright Park.

 

 

     Volunteer with NYC Parks and help care for the four miles of marked trails of Inwood Hill Park.

     Join your neighbors in their effort to make the park’s trails safer, more accessible, and sustainable for years to come by blazing trails, clearing corridors, removing debris, and cleaning up trash.  

     Note that space is limited, so registration is required. Send an email to Ryan.Ruiz@parks.nyc.gov. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

     Free. Tools and other supplies are provided. Saturday, December 9, from 9:30 to 2; meet at the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park.

 

 

     Have you ever wanted to meet an eagle owl? Pet a fox? Hold a red-tailed hawk?

     Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with Northern Manhattan Parks’ wildlife.

     Join animal rehabilitator Bobby Horvath to meet some of Uptown’s wild animals and learn about the work of Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation.

     Space is limited. Reservations ares required; please email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org to register.

     Saturday afternoon, December 9, from 2:30 to 4 in J. Hood Wright Park.

 

 

      Do you have a stage-struck child? Give her the chance to see what children like her can do in a kids’ perfemance of A Christms Carol, presented by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre.     

     Saturdays at 3 and 7 and Sundays at 4, December 9, 10, 16 and 17, at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.
 

 

     Neighborhood kids put on their own performance, acting in three interdisciplinary original theatrical works created and performed by local youth ages 6 to 17.

     People’s Theatre Project’s community actors take the stage to address social injustice in their world, and will by followed by a community dialogue.

     Reservations are required for this free events. For more information and to reserve tickets visit:

www.PTP.nyc or call (646) 398-9062

     Free. Sunday evening, December 10, at 5 at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University in Lower WaHi at 104 Haven Avenue.

 

 

     The North Shore Animal League shares a shelter animal with kids to show the wonders of empathy.

     Working together to create an adoption poster, teens help an animal to find a forever home — they give voice to the voiceless. At this even you can hear a brief history of Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill adoption shelter, and the origin of the word Mutt-i-gree.

     For ages 13 to 18 years old.

     Free. Tuesday afternoon, December 12, from 4 to 5 at the Inwood branch of the public library on Broadway between Academy and Duckman Streets.

 

 

     It’s back for another one-night run.

     The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip hop choreography, a dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and digital scenery.
     The Times calls it “a generous dose of contemporary spirit sure to heat up even the most restless and wintry of souls."
     $15 to $50. Thursday night, December 14, at 7:30 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.
 
 

     For a frightful take on the holiday season, drop in for the second annual viewing of Tim Burton’s  classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. From 1993, it’s rated PG.

     Seating is limited so reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@morrisjumel.org. This event is filled to capacity.

     Free. Friday night, December 15, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park.

 

 

     Just in time for the holidays, you and your children can infuse your house with the festive scent of a pomander.

     A popular tradition from the Colonial period, a pomander is a dried orange studded with cloves. Make your own to take home.

     Advanced registration is required; send an email to education@morrisjumel.org.

     Free with museum admission. Saturday, December 16, from 11 to 1 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

    You’ve heard that bears hibernate and squirrels hide their acorns, but what do other animals do when winter is coming?

     What changes do they make? Why do animals prepare for winter? How do they know it’s time?

     Join fellow young scientists for an exploration of the changes animals undergo before and during winter.

     Please note: Best for ages 4 to 7. Registration is required; email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org.

     Free. Saturday afternoon, December 16, at 2 at the Highbridge Recreation Center in Highbridge Park; enter from 173rd Street.

 

 

     If your taste runs toward the Victorian, there’s not likely to be a better way to celebrate the holidays than in a beautifully appointed Victorian home, partaking of offerings of hot spiced wine, apple cider, and cookies while singing along to traditional Christmas carols.

     A special radio performance by the Fireside Mystery Theatre starts at 5.

     Victorian finery will be welcomed

     $10; members and students, $8. Sunday afternoon, December 17, from 3 to 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Lower WaHi on Jumel Terrace.

 

 

     Get a week’s head start on the night before Christmas with a reading of A Visit from Saint Nick, the poem with a first line that everyone knows.

     Its author, Clement Clarke Moore, was a New Yorker who is buried in Trinity Cemetery. The reading starts in the Churh of the Intercession, followed by a procession to the cemetery.

     Free. Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 4 at the church in Lower Wahi on Broadway and 155th Street, across the street from Audubon Terrace.

 

 

     What better way to celebrate the holidays than with It’s a Wonderful Life.

     $10; students and seniors, $5, in advance. Sunday afternoon, December 17, at 5 at the United Palace Theatre in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

     Discover Jewish heroes in medieval Christian art when a curator guides you through the Cloisters’ collection.

     Free with museum admission. Saturday, December 23, at noon and 2 at the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.

 

 

 

 

     Are you on the Nice List? Or the other one?

     You’ll find out once Santa pays his visit. To track his progress on Christmas Eve the Air Force can help.

 

 

    Let your child express her creativity at a weekly workshop where she can draw outside the lines.

     All supplies are provided at the sessions, which are sponsored by Creative Art Works.
     For children in grades 3, 4, and 5. Drop-off care is provided.

     Free. Saturday morning, January 6, from 10 to noon at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. Also on January 20 and 27, February 3 and 10, and Saturdays in March.

 

 

     What better place to take in a film about ghouls the undead than in WaHi’s most famouse haunted house.

     A cauldron’s worth of fun awaits you with The Addams Family, from 1991. Rated PG-13.

     Seating is limited so reserve your seat by emailing Publicprograms@morrisjumel.org

     Free. Friday night, January 26, at 7 at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park

 

 

     Cold out? “It has to warm up,” and Christina Ricci will help you do so.

     Grab your Cara Mia for the final indoor movie night on Jumel Terrace: Addams Family Values, from 1993. Rated PG–13.

     Seating is limited, so reserve your seats by  emailing publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

     Free. Friday night,

 

 

    Let your child express her creativity at a weekly workshop where she can draw outside the lines.

     All supplies are provided at the sessions, which are sponsored by Creative Art Works.
     For children in grades 3, 4, and 5. Drop-off care is provided.

     Free. Saturday morning, April 14, from 10 to noon at the United Palace in Lower WaHi on Broadway at 175th Street. Also on April 21, and 28, and May 5 and 12.

 

 

     The annual Drums Along the Hudson began in 2002 as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakapok (“edge of the water”).

     The event features dancers and drummers from around the world, combining Native American heritage, culture and art with the diversity of New York City. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow and crafts.
     The event has attracted a growing audience, numbering from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years.
     Free. A Sunday in early June in Inwood Hill Park at Indian Road and 218th Street.

 

 

     The Medieval Festival is the most famous event in the Heights, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.

     Lords, ladies, knights and commoners converge in Fort Tryon Park in the area around the Cloisters.

     Free. A Sunday afternoon in late September or early October from 11:30 to 6 in Fort Tryon Park.   

 

 

     The Feast of St. Frances Cabrini honors the patron saint of immigrants, who welcomed newcomers to Upper Manhattan and whose remains are venerated in a shrine in Hudson Heights.

     Over a weekend, the St. Frances Xavier Shrine hosts a series of masses for several nations’ communities, in French, Italian, Filipino, Spanish and English.
     The highlight of the feast is a procession, led by an Italian band, on Saturday at noon. 

     Free. A weekend in early November at the Shrine in Hudson Heights at 701 Fort Washington Avenue near Margaret Corbin Circle.

 

 

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