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Central Park Winter Jam 2016

DSC_0192Winter Jam

NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day

Saturday January 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan
Bandshell Area

Enter at 72nd Street

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Free Event for All Ages
Snow, rain or shine!

Presented by NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY,  and I Ski NY, Winter Jam NYC is the ultimate snow day: a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow lots of fresh snow in the heart of Manhattan, so there will be plenty for all to enjoy!

Want to help out? Learn about volunteering at Winter Jam!

Featured Venues

  • Lake Placid Snow Field
  • Snowshoeing
  • Learn to Ride: Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Kicksledding
  • Taste NY Winter Market
  • Sledding

Equipment provided at no cost, or bring your own snow sports gear and enjoy the terrain! Please note: lines for activities may close early.

Participants in snowshoeing, kicksledding, and in snowboarding/skiing lessons must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, call (212) 360-8213.

Snow in Central Park – 2014

Snowstorm Nemo in Central Park

Central Park visitors took advantage of the fluffy white blanket left by Nemo on Saturday. Cedar Hill was transformed into an alpine luge run with children, and adults, shushing down the icy slopes in a wide variety of sleds, toboggans and inflatables.

Holiday Fun in Central Park

Arsenal Wreath

Arsenal Wreath

The festivities continue this week in Central Park with the Conservancy’s extensive list of holiday events.  Celebrate the season in Manhattan’s Victorian winter wonderland with the Central Park Conservancy.   All events are free and open to all ages unless otherwise noted. No advance registration. Click on the program names for details.

Besides all the usual Holiday activities in the Park the Central Park Zoo is adding a new wrinkle to the festivities

Gus opening his presents

Gus opening his presents

This year you can enjoy the beauty of the Zoo through the winter holidays! On Fridays and Saturdays in December, we’re extending our hours until 6:30 p.m. so you can stop by in the afternoon or after work for a stroll under thousands of twinkling lights. Visit cold-weather creatures, enjoy family activities and Wildlife Theater in the Zoo gallery, and watch the animals unwrap seasonal treats during holiday enrichment sessions.

Also enjoy holiday shopping at the Zootique, take a family holiday photo, and treat yourself to roasted marshmallows, candy apples, and hot apple cider. Activities take place 2:00–6:30 p.m.

Event Schedule

Wildlife Theater
Time: 2:00–6:00 p.m.; performances begin on the hour
Location: Zoo Gallery

Live Animal Encounters
2:30–5:30 p.m.; encounters begin on the hour
Location: Zoo Gallery

Crafts
Time: 2:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: Zoo Gallery

Presents to the Penguins
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Penguin house

Presents to the Snow Leopards
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit

Presents to the Polar Bears
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Polar bear exhibit

Petit Pups in Central Park

Now I have nothing against dogs. As a child I cohabited with several and they all proved to be loyal, steadfast companions whose entire mission in life was to make me happy (that’s besides eating, sleeping and inappropriate behavior with, well, pretty much anything they could jump on or rub up against.) I also have nothing against small dogs, my brother’s family once owned a poodle which, without the embarrassing hairdo, looked like a tiny Phil Donahue and was even more ingratiating. The problem I have is with large men walking tiny dogs on long leashes around the reservoir track. During one recent endorphin fueled confrontation I stopped mid-chug and asked an oblivious lump in an overcoat if his dogs (two miniscule longhairs that would have, together, lost a fight to a good sized dust bunny) could read. He looked at me with brow knitted intensity and replied huh? I then pointed to the lettering on the base of the fence which says no dogs and said Could you help them out? Of course my scathing sarcasm was utterly wasted, not to mention the fact that the next runner bumped into me and scowled in my direction. After a few more grunts all around I decided to resist the urge to kick the dog, or its owner, and resumed trudging along.

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