There always are free and frugal family-friendly events to enjoy in NYC on weekends, and NYOTC likes to share the news with fellow cheapskates and misers. As always, nothing on the NYC on the Cheap list of weekend events and activities costs more than $15, because NYCOTC believes you can be a NYC cheapskate and still have fun in the greatest city in the world. Unless otherwise noted, events are FREE.
Central Park Ice Festival – Celebrate winter and revel in the Park’s beauty as you watch artists from Okamoto Studio carve the Park’s best known architectural gems into dramatic ice sculptures. At Bethsda Terrace, mid-park at 72nd St., Saturday, Jan. 18, noon to 3 p.m. FREE. Event website.
Ice Skating Show – The annual Sing and Skate Against Breast Cancer at the Bryant Park skating rink features a quartet of Olympic and World Champion skaters, the world spinning champion, and performers from Broadway musicals. The FREE show is 5-6 p.m. Saturday. Event website.
Free classic film screening – This Sunday’s free screening at the NYPL Mid-Manhatttan Branch is Strike Up the Band, a classic musical starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, directed by Busby Berkley, so you know it includes some lavish and intricate singing and dancing. Starts t 2 p.m. The Mid-Manhattan library is across Fifth Avenue from the main branch guarded by the two stone lion. Event website
Stargazing – The Urban Park Rangers share telesceopes binoculars and their knowledge of the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe, during this evening of stargazing in Inwood Hill Park. Perhaps you’ll see a meteor and spot Mars or the Milky Way. Sunday, 6 p.m. at the park entrance, 218th St. and Indian Road. Event website.
New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition –The holidays are over, and the tourists have gone home, so this is a quiet time to enjoy the train show. Miniature – not toy – trains – toot around the tracks at this popular annual exhibit through the end of January. Full details here in a recent NYCOTC posting.
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