17 Super Fun Puppet Shows

Who doesn’t love a puppet show, especially when it’s freezing cold outside and your options for keeping the kids entertained are very limited? Even the squirmiest kids sit still after the curtain is pulled back. Throughout the winter, stop by one of these 17 super fun puppet shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, the Hamptons, and San Francisco. We guarantee you will be wowed by gorgeous marionettes and smitten with cuddly puppets.

New York City

NYC Swedish cottage jack and the beanstalkPlanted in the middle of Central Park, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre never fails to disappoint. Sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, the creative troupe delivers the goods with the perennial favorite Jack and the Beanstalk (Jan. 24-June 28). Over in Brooklyn, another classic fairytale – Sleeping Beauty — gets the puppet treatment at Puppetworks (Jan. 24-Mar. 29), which will be adding performances during the mid-winter school break (yea!). At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Yellow Sneaker throws a little music into the mix at its show (Jan. 25). This unique band uses cute puppets to keep the wee ones extra entertained as they groove to the tunes. For your youngest kiddos, stop by the Scandinavia House for Puppet Playtimes (Feb. 5 & 26). Join professional puppeteer Nicola McEldowney and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games.



14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities for Kids

Hurray! Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that means a three-day weekend! But with that comes the nagging question for parents: What am I going to do with the kids? Well, banish that pesky thought because we found a slew of events celebrating the life of MLK. Here are 14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities for kids that will keep everyone busy and happy.

New York City

Scavenger Hunt MLKFor younger kids, start the day at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where kids can honor Dr. King’s memory by creating a mosaic of his portrait. For older kids, begin the fun at DiMenna Children’s Museum at N-Y Historical Society for a Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt. By looking for clues at the museum’s exhibit “Freedom Journey 1965,” young scholars will learn about the courageous people who marched for equal voting rights. While you’re uptown, stop by the Museum of the City of New York for Activist NY: I Have A Dream where families can tour the exhibit and then design their own bookmark to remind them of Dr. King’s dream. Speaking of dreams, at What’s Your Dream? at the Museum at Eldridge Street, kids will hear a moving story and make collages inspired by Dr. King’s famous speech. Later in the day, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will beckon you with beats by the Berean Community Drumline. This high energy performance will get your kids stomping and dancing in celebration.



21 Best Drop-in Classes to Get Out of the Cold

The temperatures are plummeting, and, for most of the country, the weather has been brutal. There are only so many times you can watch “The LEGO Movie” or build a fort in your living room before you go gaga. Fortunately, there are plenty of drop-in classes in New York, Atlanta, Boston, The Hamptons, and San Francisco. So get ready to escape the cold and quash cabin fever at one of these 21 drop-in classes this winter.

New York City

CMA winter art colony

For Mini-Artistes. Throughout the next few months, the Children’s Museum of the Arts hosts a lot of fun and inventive workshops for all ages. From designing super hero chest plates to operating a printing press or fashioning Minecraft masks, CMA will keep your kids creatively busy and inspired. For kids age 5 and under, check out Art Kids at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Held on Fridays, the drop-in classes explore a new style of art each week. Just down the road at the Brooklyn Museum, your family can get more than just the facts at Arty Facts, which meets every Sunday. Or head uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and throughout the week, your kids can travel through time at Art Trek and Start with Art and Music.

For Geeks. Do your kids like gadgets and the hottest techie toys? At New York Hall of Science, kids can get their hands on a 3-D printer at 3D Modeling with TinkerCAD and turn their ideas into something tangible.



Ring in the New Year at a Noon Year’s Eve Party

Since you’ve had kids, your wild New Year’s Eve parties may be over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. In fact, you can have a blast with your kids about 12 hours before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31. Many museums host Noon Year’s Eve parties where the whole fam can play games, drink punch, and usher in the new year at a saner hour for everyone. Here are RedRover’s picks for  Noon Year’s Eve parties in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco.

New York City


Ring in the New Year at Children’s Museum of the Arts. Not only will there be plenty of drinks, snacks, and dancing but also lots of art-making—this is the Children’s Museum of the Arts after all!

• Start the countdown early at 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Join other families at either the 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. session, or stay for both.

• Make some noise (and noisemakers) at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan throughout the day. Be sure to be there at 12 p.m. for the Noon Ball Drop Dance Party & Parade.



Top Holiday Light Displays

We’re getting down to the zero hour, folks. We’re in the midst of Hanukkah and Christmas is just a few days away. With all the shopping and prepping for the holidays and Winter Break with the kids, your holiday cheer could quickly morph into holiday jeers. As a preemptive strike and a tonic to your droopy spirit, check out RedRover’s top holiday light displays in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco that will definitely help to make the season bright.

New York City

NYC Rockefeller Center Tree lighting

• Get your kids’ eyes all aglow at the granddaddy (or grand dame, whichever you prefer) of all X-mas trees and visit the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center; and

• Go Zen with the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History; and

• See the sea and a glorious tree at the Holiday on the Hudson Christmas Tree at West Harlem Piers Park; and

• Be awed by the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and

• Light it up at the World’s Largest Menorah as you and the kids nibble on latkes.



Best Holiday Shows for Kids

They’ve been called banal, hackneyed, and schmaltzy. But we can’t help it. We love holiday shows. Check out RedRover’s picks in NYC, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco, enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

New York

NYC Guggenheim Peter and the WolfHow’s this for a holiday recipe: one part Isaac Mizrahi and one part the iconic Guggenheim Museum mixed with a classic tale told through instruments. What do you get? Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi (Dec. 13 & 14). Fashion designer Mizrahi narrates and puts his spin on Sergei Prokofiev’s charming story in the Guggenheim’s auditorium.

In their Hanukkah show “Latkes & Applesauce” at Merkin Hall, The Poppy Seed Players play rousing klezmer music and perform a Hanukkah version of A Christmas Carol and the story of Thomas, the Shammus (Dec. 14). Meanwhile, over in the West Village, Dan Zanes brings his Fourth Annual Holiday Sing-Along show to City Winery for kids and anyone who likes to have a rollicking fun time (Dec. 14). Or how about some Menorah Madness with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (Dec. 14)? Enjoy super fun songs and make some holiday-themed crafts as well.

Throughout the rest of December, catch one of these perennial holiday productions: the breath-taking The Nutcracker at BAM (Dec. 13-21), the always excellent Three Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Dec. 13-30), and the silly Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas at Vital Theatre Company (Dec. 13-Jan. 4).



Make This the Best Holiday Season Ever

‘Tis the season when the calendar is jammed full of super fun holiday festivities like visiting Christmas tree and menorah lightings, designing ornaments and gingerbread houses, and seeing The Nutcracker or a holiday train show. The problem?  How do you navigate and sift through all these events? It’s simple: Just use the RedRover app and make this the best holiday season ever.

How to Use RedRover App to Find Holiday Events

photo 1If you don’t already have the RedRover app, first download it for your iPhone/iPad or Android. After you sign in and select your city, open the menu on the left side and select “Events.” You’ll see a number of categories, such as “All,” “Drop-in Classes,” and “Exhibits.” Tap the “Holiday” category. Immediately, you’ll see a curated listing of the best holiday events going on around the city. Tap an event like Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, and unleash the fun. You can also use the filter option to select activities based on age and distance from home.

There’s a ton of cool seasonal stuff do, but here’s just a sampling of some of RedRover’s favorite upcoming holiday events:



Best Bets for Thanksgiving Weekend

Congratulations! You conquered Thanksgiving. Everyone’s belly is full, and the kids have chased each other around the house a million times. Now your big job is fill up the rest of the weekend. RedRover to the rescue! Check out our best bets for Thanksgiving weekend.

New York City

NYC MMI studioThroughout the weekend, the Museum of the Moving Image invites families to Holiday Tunes (Nov. 29-30). Using its exhibit “What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones” as a jumping-off point, families create animated videos inspired by a piece of classical music. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the fall, stop by Wave Hill for its Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings (Nov. 29-30). Kids will gather and weave together leaves, cones, and pods to make a decorative wall hanging. For all you crafty families, many museums are hosting arts workshops on Nov. 30 like the Jewish Museum’s Drop-in Art Workshop, the Guggenheim’s Open Studio for Families, and the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers. Wrap up the weekend with some games and music with Very Young People’s Concert at Lincoln Center (Nov. 30). Together your family will discover how music can be fun for everyone.



16 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving comes late this year, we still can’t believe that it’s less than a week away. Have no fear! We found a ton of fun things for you and the kids to do that will get you in the mood to baste the bird and puree the potatoes. Here are RedRover’s 16 fun ways to get ready for Thanksgiving.

New York

NYC Museum at Eldridge Turkey 01Even before the weekend hits, your kids can make some super cute Thanksgiving decorations at a number of Queens libraries, such as a cornucopia door sign  to welcome your guests (Nov. 21) or a totem pole craft to honor Native Americans for their contribution to Thanksgiving (Nov. 21). After you decorate your home, head over to the Strand Bookstore to see Curious George before he makes his appearance at the Macy’s Day Parade (Nov. 22 & 23).  The mischievous monkey will share some Thanksgiving stories with the kiddos. If your children love mysteries and searching for clues, stop by the Museum at Eldridge Street for its Great Turkey Scavenger Hunt (Nov. 23). Kids will follow a trail of old clues and discover Eldridge’s own special Thanksgiving tale and turkey. The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is going all-out this weekend to gear up for the big day. At the Kids’ Table with Sarah Lohman (Nov. 22), kids can learn about colonial times’ Thanksgiving food and then make their own mini-apple pie. For younger kids, visit the museum for a cozy Thanksgiving storytime (Nov. 23). Kids will hear Balloons Over Broadway, a true story about a parade puppeteer. If you have a family museum membership at DiMenna, your kids are in for a treat! Family members will receive priority access to view the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation (Nov. 26) and can warm up with hot chocolate, treats, and activities at the museum.



Top Museum Exhibits for Kids This Holiday Season

As the days get shorter and colder, indoor fun becomes all the more important — especially during the upcoming holiday breaks. Thankfully, a ton of museums are hosting fun and hip exhibits that both parent and kids will love. From the Keith Haring show in San Francisco to the Maurice Sendak exhibit in Atlanta and the “Sesame Street” celebration in New York City, here are RedRover’s top museum exhibit picks for kids this holiday season.

New York

RR MoMA MatisseThe Museum of Modern Art wraps up the year with a major bang with Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. With only scissors and colored paper, Matisse abolished the boundary that separates line and color. Although he’s an old master, young kids love and relate to his colorful paper cut-outs and collages. At Lincoln Center, check out some other old masters – of the puppet persuasion – at Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street. Kids can get up close to Elmo, Oscar, and Grover, watch show highlights, and even curl up for story time at this exhibit celebrating everyone’s favorite children program. In this age of keyboards and Swype, Drawn to Language at Children’s Museum of the Arts is a welcomed reminder that hand-printed letters and words are an artform. The exhibit brings together paintings, drawings, and collages that all use handwritten words as jumping-off point for art.