In the Neighborhood: 4 Things to Do With Kids This Holiday Weekend

"Nova," Softlab's Holiday Installation at Flatiron Plaza.
“Nova,” Softlab’s Holiday Installation at Flatiron Plaza. Source:

Happy Christmas Eve! Here are 4 things to do with kids this holiday weekend AFTER the madness of holiday present exchanges and big family dinners. The city will still be decked in its holiday glory, and there’s plenty of it to enjoy with your family within walking distance of Waterside Plaza.

1.Take in the holiday lights at Flatiron and Madison Square Park

Empire State Building viewed from Madison Square Park.
Empire State Building viewed from Madison Square Park. Source: Madison Square Park Facebook

If you’re like most New Yorkers, nothing will tempt you to fight the crowds to see the holiday lights uptown, but you’ve got a gorgeous alternative nearby. Madison Square Park will still be in full holiday glory, and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s 2015 Holiday Installation Nova by SOFTlab will let you look through a prism of shifting lights at some of the city’s most iconic landmarks nearby, including the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building. See your city in a new way this holiday.

2. Walk over to the Grand Central Holiday Train Show

Grand Central Holiday Train Show
Grand Central Holiday Train Show. Source:

Holiday train shows abound in New York, which makes sense for a city with a subway system that never sleeps either. The Grand Central Holiday Train Show is the only one that you can walk to, going north from Waterside Plaza. Trains hold a special place in the hearts of many, and kids especially will be delighted to watch the model trains weave through the city’s iconic landscapes.

3. Show the kids the magic of the “Discovery of King Tut.”

The Discovery of King Tut
The Discovery of King Tut. Credit: Ernst vanDeursen Source:

Just a little north of Madison Square Park at Premier Exhibitions, kids can relive “The Discovery of King Tut,” the most magnificent find of ancient Egypt. With 1,000 meticulous reproductions of real treasures found in the famous boy-king’s tomb, and kid-friendly audio guides, your children will be able to experience this 3,000 year old wonder just as it was at its moment of discovery.

4. Laugh your heads off with Kids N’ Comedy Christmakwanzukah

 Kids 'N Comedy: Christmakwanzukah
Kids ‘N Comedy: Christmakwanzukah. Credit: Julia Slaff Source:

Gramercy Park is the unofficial comedy capital of the city but walking a little further west on 23rd street to Gotham Comedy Club, you’ll find the kid-friendliest comedy show of the season, Kids N’ Comedy Christmakwanzukah, an all-teen stand-up show about the good, bad, and ugly of Christmas, from terrible gifts to more. A perfect way to close out another holiday season.