January/February: Train Show at Grand Central, Ice Skating at Prospect Park, Wonders of the Arctic,
Sesame Street Live, $15 – $147. Celebrate the universal joy of friendship in this fun-filled, interactive live stage show! Sing and dance along with your favorite characters – Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird and their Sesame Street friends – as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. The Theater at MSG is the perfect place to join the fun, make some new friends and share unforgettable memories with your loved ones! The Theater at Madison Square Garden, http://www.box-officetickets.com/madison/new york Thursdays – Mondays, call for times until Sunday, Feb. 26
These were at Christmas time. A new group may be added. Train show at Grand Central. 5th Annual Holiday Train Show is an iconic holiday image of a model train, whirring by as it circles the base of a brightly-lit tree, evoking feelings of warmth and wonder in children and adults alike. To the delight of all, Lionel trains will journey along a 34’ long, two-level, “O”gauge model train layout, departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole. This year’s exhibit showcases Lionel’s Grand Central Express, Metro-North, Pennsylvania Flyer, Polar Express, and vintage subway train sets against a backdrop designed for the Museum’s 40th anniversary. 8 am to 8 pm.
Holiday Train Show with more than 150 New York City landmarks are recreated in miniature out of bark, nuts, leaves and other plant parts. Large scale model trains zip around such familiar sites as the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. A recent addition of 3,000-square-feet of exhibition has made room for new trains, bridges and tracks. See website for extended hour). Closed on Thanksgiving. Reservations strongly recommended. Where: New York Botanical Garden | 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Road | (718) 817–8700, Web site: http://www.nybg.org. When: Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 am to 5:30 pm until January.
Christmas Spectacular Christmas Spectacular. The Rockettes are kicking up their heals for another fabulous season of ho, ho, ho. This holiday tradition begins when the curtain rises, the music swells, and the dancers kick their way onto the stage. Enjoyable for every age. Where: Radio City Music Hall | 1260 Ave. of the Americas between 50th and 51st streets | (212) 247–4777, Web site: http://www.radiocity.com, When: various times, daily, Friday, Nov. 11 – Monday, Jan. 2. How much: Starting at $37.
Ice Skating, LeFrak Center at Lakeside | 171 East Dr. at Ocean Avenue, Prospect Park. (718) 462–0010. Web site: http://www.lakesidebrooklyn.com. When: Mondays – Thursdays, 10 am to 6:30 pm, Fridays, 10 am to 9 pm, Saturdays, 11am to 9pm, Sundays, 11 am to 9 pm until Tuesday, Feb. 28. How much: $6 ($9 weekends: Skate rentals extra)
“Brooklyn Navy Yard — Inside Industry Tours”. Tour some of the 330 businesses in the thriving industrial park. With visits to woodworking shops, spacesuit makers, and the new technology center. Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 | 63 Flushing Ave at Carlton Avenue. Web site: http://www.bldg92.org. Friday’s 9:30 am, Jan. 13, Friday, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, March 10, March 24.
Thursday Nights at the Brooklyn Museum, 6-10 pm, free until Thursday, Dec. 29.