Top 3 Events this Weekend in the NYC Area


This week we will offer you a range of ‘family’ friendly activities in the NYC metro area.  Between Christmas and Chanukah this list was a tough one..

Hello Panda Festival

Time to hop on the 7 and head to the “Hello Panda Festival” for some family fun in Queens. HPF is the largest Lantern Festival in North America, featuring a stupid amount of lantern exhibits, interactive experiences, and live music.  The Chinese Art of lantern making with magical displays of intense color and light, sign me up. There are also 60 upscale food vendors curated by The World’s Fare.

  • Address: Citi Field, Queens, NY 11368
  • Dates:  Dec. 6, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
  • Time: 5 PM – 10 PM
  • Price: $22 – $90 each.
  • Parking: $25

5¢ Day at the MET

After Hello Festival you will need to do something cheap.  We got you covered.  For New York State residents and NY, NJ, CT students, the amount you pay is up to you.   It can be a dollar, twenty, or five cents. Tickets can be purchased at the museum admission desk with a valid ID.

Image Courtesy of the MET.
  • Where: Fifth Avenue & 82nd New York, NY 10028
  • Date:  Sunday, December 29th, 2020
  • Time:  8 AM – 8 PM
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

Big Snow

Want to go skiing, but don’t want to drive all the way to the boonies? Hop in your car, drive through the Lincoln tunnel and head to the gorgeous meadows of East Rutherford to the brand-new American Dream mall.  You know American Dream, formerly Xanadu (the building that looked like Frank Lloyd Wright on crack-cocaine).   Big Snow’s grand-opening makes it the first and only indoor sky slope in America.  Big snow, where everyday is a snow day…

  • Where: 1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford NJ.
  • Ages: 7+
  • Prices: Vary upon package.

Did we forget any events?  Let us know in the comments below.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

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