Hi everyone! The first weekend of February is here which means time for the Super Bowl and also fun family events in NYC!
Head out and enjoy Light in Winter: First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Twinkle Tames a Dragon at On Stage at Kingsborough, New York Family Camp Fair at Berkeley Carroll School, Elephant & Piggie… at The New Victory Theater, 18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum, Story Time with Claudio Sanchez at Greenlight Bookstore Fort Greene & Prospect Lefferts Gardens, PBS KIDS at the Alamo: Valentine’s Mix at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live at NYU Skirball Center, The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at Theater for the New City, Family Sundays: Fire Bird Masks and Lanterns at Rubin Museum Of Art, Rockin’ Rooster Chinese New Year Concert at China Institute, Get Kinetic at the New York Transit Museum, a Winter Carnival in Bryant Park, Family Movie: The BFG at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library and Billy Kelly’s Family Comedy Show at the PIT Striker Mainstage.
Also check out the long running events like You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players, Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring at the 14th Street Y, Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, Puss in Boots at Puppetworks and the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central.
Have a great weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday February 3rd
Winter Carnival in Bryant Park
Daily 12n-10p until Saturday February 4th. Free. Bundle up and come on out for the 3rd annual Winter Carnival at Bank of America Winter Village! Embrace the frosty weather and join us for a celebration of the winter season. We are expanding the wildly popular Winter Carnival from one weekend to NINE DAYS, with more of your favorite signature elements and new activities, too! See the website for the schedule of events.
Family Movie: The BFG at the Bay Ridge Brooklyn Public Library
Friday February 3rd 330-5p. Free. Rated PG. 118 minutes. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of another world. The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant, so he’s nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24 feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and likes to keep to himself. Based on the book by Roald Dahl.
The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Friday February 3rd 7p, Saturday-Sunday February 4th-5th 2p & 4p. Also ongoing at various times until February 20th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $15/child & $25/adult. Travel back in time to meet famous and “not so famous” kids who changed the world such as Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Wright brothers, Suffragettes, and Martin Luther King Jr.
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers at Theater for the New City
Friday February 3rd 8p, Saturday February 4th 3p & 8p and Sunday February 5th 3p. Tickets $10. 3p shows Children’s Matinees and tickets are $1 for children under 12.
Traditional music, dancers, and stories of the Native Peoples of North America!
There will be dances, stories and traditional music from the Iroquois and Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans. A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods. Highlights will include storytelling by Matoka Eagle (Santo Domingo, Tewa), a Hoop Dance by Marie Ponce (Cherokee), an Eagle Dance from the Hopi Tribe by Ciaran Little Eagle (Mayan), a Grass Dance and Jingle Dress Dance (from the Northern Plains people), a Stomp Dance (from the Southeastern tribes), a Shawl Dance (from the Oklahoma tribes), a Deer Dance (from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona) and a Robin Dance and Smoke Dance (from the Iroquois). As the audience enters the theater, they will be serenaded by the Heyna Second Son Singers (various tribes). In the final section of the program, the audience will be invited to join in the Round Dance, a Friendship Dance (in evening shows) and a Contest Dance (in matinees).
Saturday February 4th
Story Time with Claudio Sanchez at Greenlight Bookstore (Fort Greene & Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
Saturday February 4th Fort Greene 1130a & Prospect Lefferts Gardens at 130p. Free. Ages 3 to 8. Greenlight Bookstore presents Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez, a New York Times best-selling comic book creator, for Saturday Story Time, reading his debut children’s book, Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King. In the book, Kid Crazy Carlson longs for adventure in the far-off and bustling City of Ever. His world changes when he meets a strange droid called Denunzio who warns Kid of the city’s grumpy Kilowatt King, a rude man who forces the citizens to sing for him. Despite the robot’s warning, Kid decides to make the voyage to the city, and the two set sail in a car made of bread. When Kid eventually comes face to face with the rotten ruler, he decides it’s time someone teaches him a lesson in manners: the power of the word “please.” Claudio presents his book with an interactive (and musical) story time at Greenlight!
New York Family Camp Fair at Berkeley Carroll School (Park Slope)
Saturday February 4th 12n-3p. Free. What is your child doing this summer? New York Family’s Camp Fairs, presented in partnership with the American Camp Association, New York & New Jersey, are your best resource to find the right camp for your child. The most sought after camps fill up fast. So our January and February Camp Fairs — the largest in the city — are your first and best opportunity to ensure that you’ll be able to reserve a place at the camp you want most. Families can meet dozens of day camps (in and out of the city) and sleepaway camps (from all over the Northeast) at the Camp Fairs. The fairs are also free, and children are welcome. Most importantly, the Camp Fairs offer families the unprecedented opportunity to speak with a big host of camp directors and get essential questions answered: What kinds of camps are right for my child? Should my child go to day camp in the city or out of the city? Is my child ready for sleepaway camp? Should we look at general camps or specialty camps? See the list of participating camps at bottom. Special Bonus: Anyone who registers and attends our Camp Fairs will automatically be registered to win a family membership for this summer at the amazing Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. A giveaway worth $8,500! Register Now: You can register for our Camp Fairs and enter to for your chance to win our giveaway by clicking here.
Billy Kelly’s Family Comedy Show at the PIT Striker Mainstage (Gramercy Park)
Saturday February 4th 3p. Tickets: $15. Recommended for families with kids ages 8 and up. Grammy-nominated family entertainer Billy Kelly is bringing his squeaky-clean comedy to NYC for an all-ages matinee show. Come on out for some good clean laughs and absurd fun that people of all ages can enjoy together. Because the world needs more of that sort of thing!
Rockin’ Rooster Chinese New Year Concert at China Institute (Financial District)
Saturday February 4th 4-7p. Tickets: $10 members, $20 non-members. Join us at our first annual New Year’s concert featuring a lion dance, food and live music! 4p: Doors Open & Lion Dance, 430p: Mr. Cake, 5p: SungBeats, 6p: TiA & Kohei. Food and drinks will be available for purchase,
Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum (Prospect Heights)
Saturday February 4th 5-11p. Join us for Target First Saturdays and enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month. n 2017, Target First Saturdays highlight female-identified and gender-nonconforming artists as part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. Some Target First Saturday programs take place in more intimate locations, so you’ll need a ticket. Lines often form one hour before ticket distribution at the Admissions Desk. Members can pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. See the website for schedule of events.
Sunday February 5th
Light in Winter: First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sunday February 5th 10a-230p. Free with Garden admission. Bird is the word. Join us for a pop-up program inspired by BBG’s winter wildlife. There will be fun events like Beaks & Feathers, Books & Treasures, Discovery Workshop: Build a Bird’s Nest, Bird’s-Eye View: The Paintings of Eva Melady, Bird Library, Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein, The Birds of Our Garden and Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour. See website for full schedule of events. Also mark your calendar! Join us for the next First Sunday program on March 5, 2017.
PBS KIDS at the Alamo: Valentine’s Mix at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday February 5th 1030a. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-3, with all ticket sales benefitting education programs at your local PBS station. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-3, with all ticket sales benefitting education programs at your local PBS station. The show will include special Valentine’s Day episodes from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and NATURE CAT, along with other PBS KIDS favorites. Not Rated. 75 minutes. This is an all-ages show and noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater. We do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark.
18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Lower East Side)
Sunday February 5th 12n-430p. Free. Location: Grand Street and Forsyth Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Head to Chinatown in Manhattan to check out the annual Lunar New Year Parade for amazing visuals, delicious treats, and mesmerizing cultural performances. This party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Rooster. The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. Show up early to grab a prime spot along the route! Visit Better Chinatown USA‘s website to view a map of the route.
Family Sundays: Fire Bird Masks and Lanterns at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays in February. Drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm. Free for children and accompanying adults. Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. February Sundays: Fire Bird Masks and Lanterns ~ Did you know that Losar, the Himalayan New Year, is celebrated for fifteen days? Around this time, the Chinese Lantern Festival takes place, marking the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Come kick off the Year of the Fire Bird with Losar and Lunar New Year-inspired activities. Adorn yourself with a feather-ful bird mask to embody this auspicious zodiac or make a lantern to add a warm glow to your day. Don’t forget to join us for our special, free Losar Family Day on Sunday, February 19th, from 12-4pm to experience the Himalayan New Year throughout the Museum!
Twinkle Tames a Dragon at On Stage at Kingsborough
Sunday February 5th 2p. Tickets: $12. From Angelina Ballerina Author Katharine Holabird and from Vital Theatre Company! Twinkle, Pippa, and Lulu have always wanted a pet and are thrilled when Fairy Godmother grants their wish. While Pippa and Lulu get cute little pets, a naughty pet dragon named Scruffy is NOT what Twinkle had in mind! Can Twinkle tame her dragon in time for Fairy Pet Day? Twinkle Tames A Dragon, from the award-winning Vital Theatre Company, is a charming new musical based on the book of the same title by best-selling author Katharine Holabird, illustrated by Sarah Warburton. Meet the cast after the show!
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live at NYU Skirball Center (Greenwich Village)
Saturday-Sunday February 4th-5th 11a & 3p. Tickets: $25-$70. Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures, presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.
Elephant & Piggie… at The New Victory Theater
Saturday February 4th 11a, 3p & 7p and Sunday February 5th 11a & 3p. 3p is Autism-Friendly (see website for details). For ages 4-7y. Tickets start at $25. Performance Facts: 60 minutes with no intermission. Elephant Gerald is a careful, formally-attired worrywart. Piggie is a perky, smiley bundle of fun. Total opposites? No way! In ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY!, a musical adaptation of Mo Willems’s best-selling children’s books, Elephant and Piggie are BFFs. The two sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, facing fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, Elephant and Piggie will have you giggling out loud in this romp of a musical!
Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring at the 14th Street Y (Stuyvesant Town/East Village)
Saturday February 4th 11a & 8p and Sunday February 5th 11a & 2p. Tickets: $25 General admission and $50 premium (early access seating, a poster signed by the cast, and an all-ages coloring book). Run time: 70 minutes. Cirque-tacular Presents: Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring. Young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. Our tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire and enchant your imagination. This snow show for all ages will melt your heart! Join us as we traverse from winter to spring in a magical journey of seasonal splendor, circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her living snow globe. Be blown away when the icy north wind battles Jack Frost in an epic snowball fight. Feel the warm glow of winter’s end as the snow ballet melts your heart. Delight in the first blossoms of the sunny new season as acrobats play in the springtime rays. Snow-y, blow-y family fun abounds in the whimsical winter wonder-world that is SNOWKUS POCUS!!!
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Gallery Players (Park Slope)
Saturdays 2p & Sundays 12n & 3p until February 19th. Tickets: $25 adults and $20 child and seniors. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Featuring the Peanuts Gang: Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Snoopy, and more! Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve wonderful numbers of the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “Suppertime,” “The Baseball Game,” and “Happiness.”
Get Kinetic at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday-Sunday February 4th-5th 130-215p. Free with Museum admission. Inspired by Rube Goldberg devices, we’ll assemble teams to plan and construct wacky, winding machines of miraculous motion! For all ages
Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Sunday-Thursday 1-3p until Thursday February 23rd. Free with Museum admission. Recommended for children 3+. Did you know a Giraffe can grow up to 18 feet tall? Or that Lions are always in a Pride? Step into our new temporary exhibit and discover fascinating lessons we can learn from the animals in the Jungle!
Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturday-Sunday 1230p & 230p until April 9th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $9, an Adult $10. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org (NO same day e-mail reservations). Puss in Boots ~ Charles Perrault’s 1697 French Fantasy with an Original Song Score & a “live” Ogre. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Ongoing until Sunday February 26th, 2017. Hours: Monday–Friday 8a-8p; Saturday–Sunday 10a-6p. Free. Come celebrate the holiday season with us! This year’s Holiday Train Show display will feature a 34-foot-long “O gauge” model train layout with Lionel’s model Metro-North, New York Central, and vintage subway trains running on eight separate loops of track, against a backdrop featuring graphics celebrating the Museum’s 40th anniversary by artist Julia Rothman. Vintage “O gauge” and “N gauge” model trains and a selection of Transit Museum Collection ½” scale trolley models made by Dr. George Rahilly will also be on view. Transit gifts are available online at www.nytransitmuseumstore.com.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p. Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!