Weekend events: Holiday Train Show, Red Hook Recreation Center, Origami Holiday Tree

Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden:  At the Conservatory showcases more than 140 scaled iconic buildings and structures under thousands of twinkling lights. Artistically crafted by Paul Busse’s team at Applie Imagination, the landmarks are made of natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones and include the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The New York Public Library on 42nd Street and the Brooklyn Bridge. The gardens are huge so you might want to take the trolley but probably ends before the last hours.  This event repeats every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 1/13/2013.  Usually there are train shows in Grand Central Station lobby and its Transit Museum Store and CitiCorp but check first.  

Welcome Back from Sandy Red Hook Recreation Center: Saturday, December 22, 11am–3pm. Join kid and family-friendly event celebrating the reopening of Red Hook Recreation Center from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. This event is open to the public and no membership required. Activities include: Pictures with Santa, Winter Arts & Crafts, Face painting, A Roller Skate Party–equipment, provided or bring your own, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Intro to Birding, Family Zumba and Refreshments.

Origami Holiday Tree till January 6 at the American Museum of Natural History’s annual Origami Holiday Tree. This year, the museum draws inspiration from its own items for the 500 folded-paper works, constructed by volunteers beginning in July. After exploring the permanent-exhibition halls, current shows and expansive collections, see which pieces made their way onto the 13-foot tree.

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