Educational Entertainment Over the Holidays

If you’re in the mood to be entertained over the holidays, here are a few of our picks for smart family fun in the city:

Get a Sneak Peek at Innovation:

Cooper Hewitt‘s The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility“:

“Presents 40 design projects inspired by the technologies that will change how we move people, goods, and services in the future. With the rapid convergence of data and design innovation, cities are becoming smarter and transport options are multiplying. The Road Ahead encourages visitors to creatively consider how droids, bots, drones, and more can make streetscapes safer, transportation more equitable, and cities more sustainable.

Colorful Adaptive Parking Garage, designed by Joel Spearman, Jordan Kessler, Gensler, Emily Columbus, Benjamin Garcia, Molli Worb, Jaechang Ko and Eva Xu. - at Cooper Hewitt Museum

Photo from cooperhewitt.org: 2016 MOD, Adaptive Parking Garage, designed by Joel Spearman, Jordan Kessler, Gensler, Emily Columbus, Benjamin Garcia, Molli Worb, Jaechang Ko and Eva Xu. Credited: Courtesy of Gensler. Publisher: Smithsonian Institution.)

 

Be Mesmerized by Math

Educational entertainment is always win! And this nearby museum is open throughout the holidays.

The award-winning National Museum of Mathematics (11 East 26th St) is open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

The engaging exhibits and programs highlight “the role of mathematics in illuminating the patterns and structures all around us.”

It will get your kids (and you!) more excited about math and its relevancy.

Experience Opera in English

Directed by The Lion King’s Juile Taymor, the Metropolitan Opera‘s production of “The Magic Flute” which has “themes of love and good and evil” features Mozart’s fairy tale, abridged and in English.

Queen of the Night - An Evil Queen sings in the opera The Magic Flute - at the Metropolitan Opera

From metopera.org: The Magic Flute

Create a Gingerbread House

Head to the New York Hall of Science to see an all edible Gingerbread Village:

GingerBread Lane is the record-holder of the Guinness World Records for largest gingerbread village. In order to be eligible for the title, every element of the gingerbread display must be edible, and the display must imitate a village with houses, shops and town services such as a firehouse and police station”

And your kids can take part in one of the workshops to make a house or a train!

Gingerbread Police Station - at Gingerbread Lane 2018 at New York Hall of Science

From nysci.org: Gingerbread Lane 2018

Whatever you do this holiday season, we hope you enjoy it thoroughly!