Friday, December 19
After three years of renovations, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum — the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to design — has finally reopened. The museum’s home, the Carnegie Mansion, located on New York City’s Museum Mile, was home to steel baron Andrew Carnegie and his family. Post-renovations, the Cooper Hewitt now has 60 percent more gallery space and offers an entirely new visitor experience using interactive and immersive creative technologies. Opening exhibitions include "Tools: Extending Our Reach," a look at 1.85 million years of tool use and design, and “Beautiful Users” an introduction to one of the fundamental changes in design thinking over the past half-century. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. $16/$18, 2 E. 91st St. (between 5th and Madison Avenues), Upper East Side.
Head to your nearest Barnes & Noble Store for a special Holiday Storytime featuring "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Night Before Christmas." From 7 p.m. 33 E. 17th St., Union Square; 97 Warren St., Tribeca; 106 Court St., Brooklyn Heights and 267 7th Ave., Park Slope. Free.
Saturday, December 20
Watch a gingerbread house building demonstration with Jon Lovitch, the chef and creator of GingerBread Lane at New York Hall Of Science. Last year’s GingerBread Lane was recognized as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 47-01 111th St., Corona. Free with New York Hall of Science entry of $11/$8.
Uptown Manhattan is the place to be on the third Saturday of every month when El Museo del Barrio presents a free afternoon of family programming, including art, films, spoken word and other activities. On Saturday, you’re invited to celebrate las fiestas with activities including crown-making and storytelling. From 12 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. 1230 Fifth Ave., East Harlem.
Sunday, December 21
“For a Love of His People,” currently showing at the National Museum Of The American Indian, highlights the groundbreaking work of American Indian photographer Horace Poolaw, who documented the life of his Oklahoma community of Kiowa Indians beginning in the 1920s, right up until the 1970s. Poolaw photographed nearly everything — weddings, funerals, parades, fishing, driving cars, going on dates, going to war, playing baseball — and sold his photos at fairs and community events. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free. National Museum Of The American Indian, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, Financial District.
The NYC Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Spectacular features all the seasonal hits powerfully belted out by over 250 men. This year’s production, “Home For The Holidays,” tells the story of a young man’s journey to The Big Apple. From 3 p.m., at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Pl, Greenwich Village. $45 to $75.