Hi everyone!  Tomorrow is President’s Day so one more day for weekend fun and NYC public schools are closed this week so there are lots of fun kids events to enjoy over the break here in NYC.

The weather looks very Spring like this week so go check out February Break Discovery Days at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Wild in Winter: Mid-Winter Recess in Prospect Park, Kids Week Brooklyn: Find My Way – Maps and Compasses in Marine Park and History and Colonial Games in Fort Greene Park, Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Black History Month Celebration at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater, Art Workshop: Design Diorama at The Jewish Museum, Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater, Boogie Down Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Electricity Live at the NY Transit Museum, Midwinter Recess Family Program at the Museum of the Moving Image, Target Family Day: Upcycled Scraps at Cooper Hewitt, Mad Science of New York: Earth Awareness at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Indian Folk Dancing at The Staten Island Children’s Museum and Bilingual Birdies: Stomp, Clap & Sing at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library.

There are also some long running events like  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central and Puss in Boots at PuppetWorks.

There are even more events on the calendar so check it out and have a fantastic winter break.  Remember that the weekly drop in sing-a-longs might be postponed this week so check with the venue before going out.  Also don’t forget to follow us on our Facebook page for last minute news and event reminders.

Enjoy the break!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Monday February 20th

The History Mystery at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Monday February 20th 12n & 2p.  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.

Kids Week Brooklyn: Find My Way – Maps and Compasses in Marine Park
Monday February 20th 1-230p.  Free.  Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center.  Navigate your way through Marine Park. Learn how to use a map and compass for safe hiking, then try out your skills on an orienteering trail.  See the website for all the free Kids Week park events happening all over NYC this week.

Archaeology Mondays at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Monday February 20th 3-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 3-10y.  Join us for an afternoon archaeological adventure! Unique in New York City, our simulated archaeological dig highlights replicas from ancient to modern times ?in a hands-on experience. Collect stamps in a special passport each visit and receive a gift after your third dig adventure!

See all Monday events.

Tuesday February 21st

Bilingual Birdies: Stomp, Clap & Sing at the New Utrecht Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday February 21st 11-1145a.  Free.  The Bilingual Birdies celebrates language and culture in 45 minutes of fun-filled live music and dance! Learn new words in Mandarin while you sing along to original hip tunes and your favorite traditional folk songs.

Kids Week Brooklyn: History and Colonial Games in Fort Greene Park
Tuesday February 21st 1-230p.  Free.  Location:  Fort Greene Park Visitor Center.  Step back in time and play some colonial games. The history of Fort Greene Park provides the perfect backdrop as we experience what Colonial-era kids played during their free time.  See the website for all the free Kids Week park events happening all over NYC this week.

Design a Winter Vehicle at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Tuesday-Friday February 21st-24th 130-330p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 4+.  Explore the special fleets of buses and trains deployed to clear the streets and train tracks of ice and snow, then design our own winter work vehicles.  Also check out Get Kinetic! Tuesday-Friday 1030a-12n.

See all Tuesday events.

Wednesday February 22nd

Electricity Live at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Wednesday-Thursday February 22nd-23rd. Showtimes: 10:30am / 11:30am / 12:30pm / 2:00pm.  Free with Museum admission.  For all ages.  Discover the secrets of how electric current travels along the third rail to power the NYC subway in this electrifying, learn-out-loud, interactive show. We’ll travel through time and meet with some of history’s greatest inventors to get the subway (and you) moving!

Nano Engineering with NYSCI Explainers at the NY Hall of Science (Flushing)
Wednesday-Thursday February 22nd-23rd 1-3p.  Free with Museum admission.  Engineering occurs on different scales from large to very, very small. What is nano engineering and how does it impact our day-to-day lives? Learn from NYSCI Explainers.

Mad Science of New York: Earth Awareness at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday February 22nd 4-5p.  Free.  Please note this program is limited to 15 participants.  Get to know the planet earth and see how important conservation is.  Design and create your own water filtration systems, and then harness solar power to create a work of art you can keep.

See all Wednesday events.

Thursday February 23rd

Target Family Day | Upcycled Scraps at Cooper Hewitt (UES)
Thursday February 23rd ongoing 11a-3p.  Free.  Family Day programs are for children ages 5-12 and facilitated by a museum educator.  Design jewelry accessories to wear and share.  Join master storyteller Jonathan Kruk in the Cooper Hewitt galleries to hear stories inspired by our permanent and special exhibitions. Participants will meet on the Ground Floor.  Session 1: 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Session 2: 12:30 – 1 p.m.  Session 3: 1:30 – 2 p.m.  See website for information on other Family Day programs this week.

Indian Folk Dancing at The Staten Island Children’s Museum
Thursday February 23rd 2p & 3p.  Free with Museum admission.  Pick up timed ticket for either performance.  Enjoy a dance performance/workshop about Indian folk dancing with Brooklyn-based Aeilushi Mistry.  Learn about Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and traditional hindu lamp ceremonies, and get a chance to learn some new moves.  See the website for all the mid winter recess activities that are happening this week.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center
Thursday February 23rd at 7p and ongoing at various times until Friday March 3rd.  Tickets: $15-$195.  See the website for more information. Witness the Greatest Show On Earth one last time! Be a part of the last curtain call when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™, coming to Barclays Center February 23 – March 3.  Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun as the ultimate circus experiences launches into the future. Audiences will take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn.  Through the lens of a magic telescope, Out Of This World™ transports your entire family on an unforgettable journey as the circus Star Seeker battles to bring the most spectacular and talented performers back to Earth after years in outer space. Children of All Ages will be amazed by the cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns.

See all Thursday events.

Ongoing Events

February Break Discovery Days at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Monday-Thursday February 20th-23rd 11a-1p.  Free for kids of all ages.  Note: Activities are the same each day, but feel free to come for a repeat visit.  Explore exotic habitats from around the world and have some hands-on science fun during the midwinter school break. Families can learn together at Discovery stations inside BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory as kids use their senses to investigate plants and objects firsthand and find out how plants survive in environments from deserts to rainforests. Explore the lush conservatories on scavenger hunts, listen to stories in the Library, and pot up a plant to bring home.

Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Monday-Friday February 20th-24th 1230p & 230p and ongoing Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until April 9th and also .  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: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (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.

Boogie Down Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Saturday February 18th-Saturday February 25th at various times.  Free with Museum admission.  Celebrate dance, movement, and community all week long at the Children’s Museum. Dance together with new friends and family as you work together to create imaginary machines with your body, design new playground games, and take part in daily dance parties. Enjoy performances by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Bollywood choreographer Minila Shah, and The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY, as well as workshops with Ballroom expert Arturo Perez and Broadway performer Angel Reed.  See the website for all the details.

BCM Cinema: A Walk Through History at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Monday-Friday February 20th-24th 11a-12n & 330-430p.  For all ages.  Free with Museum admission.  Travel to the continent of Africa with BCM! Watch kid friendly screenings of the popular Nigerian cartoon series BINO and FINO, and learn about the african diaspora in the Commons Theater! Parents and teachers worldwide are using the series to educate children about African culture, heritage and more.  See website for the additional Black History Month Celebration events over Mid-Winter recess.

February School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Saturday February 18th-Sunday February 26th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission. For all ages.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, the New-York Historical Society is celebrating our nation’s Founding Fathers and Founding Mothers all week long!   Check out the Presidential Scavenger Hunt going on all day and Presidential Crafts daily 1-3p.   See website for the full schedule of events.

Art Workshop: Design Diorama at The Jewish Museum (UES)
Sunday-Tuesday & Thursday-Friday 1-4p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 3 and up.  Envision an imaginative room inspired by the innovative furniture and interiors found in Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design. Use colorful papers, boards, and found materials to design your own diorama.

Midwinter Recess Family Program at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Saturday February 18th and everyday until Sunday February 26th 1130a-330p   Recommended for ages 6+, accompanied by an adult. Free with Museum admission.  This Midwinter Recess, before or after a screening of Winnie the Pooh, children and their families are welcome to visit the Museum’s drop-in space where they can create media and other projects. Activities range from making flipbooks and thaumatropes (hand-drawn optical toys) to stop-motion animations and video games. The Winnie the Pooh screening is at 1230p and recommended for ages 3+.  See the website for all the details on the screening.

Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater
Monday February 20th 3p and Wednesday-Friday February 22nd-24th at 2p.  See website for full schedule.  For ages 5+.  Performance Facts: 55 minutes with no intermission .  Tickets start at $16.  There’s juggling, and then there’s this. When the three-man troupe of WATER ON MARS hits the New Vic stage flinging rings, balls and clubs in hypnotic streaks of lite-brite neon, everything is extraterrestrial. Striving—and succeeding—to one-up themselves with every act, these juggling pros keep rhythm with an electro-pop soundtrack as they add bottles of water, bags of candy and rolls of toilet paper to the list of airborne objects. Just try and look away from this physical, funny and riotous performance. You can’t! Your gaze, like every object tossed into the air, will be suspended in disbelief.

Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Midtown West)
Monday-Saturday February 20th-25th 10a-5p.  Free with Museum admission.  Play cutting-edge digital games, design your own games, and explore interactive displays at this week long festival for families.  You’ll learn about the logic and imagination that goes into game design as you build, tinker and play.  Mad Science, Games for Change, Institute of Play, FIRST and other special guests will offer activities, performances and demonstrations at the Museum all week long.  See website for the all the details and schedule of events.

Jungle Discovery at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Ongoing until Thursday February 23rd.  Hours are Sunday-Thursday 1-3p.  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!

The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Fridays 1030a & 12n and Saturdays & Sundays 1p until September 17th.  Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults.  A modern retelling of three classic Han Christian Andersen tales.  Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, The Princess, The Emperor, and The Duck retells storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — bringing the Theatre to life with new marionettes and hand painted scenery. Guided by a narrating Owl, audience members fly into each story with the original tales that teach important life lessons still relevant to children today.

Wild in Winter: Mid-Winter Recess in Prospect Park
Monday-Friday February 20th-24th 12n-4p.  Free.  Bundle up and find out what your favorite Park animals are doing this winter. Join Alliance naturalists for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a nation-wide conservation effort established in 1900 and much more!  Discovery Pack, noon to 3:00 p.m., The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our Discovery Packs, ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.  Blooming Naturalist, 1:00 p.m., So you think you are a Naturalist? Find out at the Audubon Center by learning how to identify birds and use binoculars and field guides. Participants can create a customized naturalist button.  Great Backyard Bird Count, 2:00 p.m., Join Alliance Naturalists in this fun, nation-wide Citizen Science project.  Each checklist submitted helps researchers learn more about the health of birds and how to best protect them!  Animal Encounter, 3:00 p.m., Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection.  Coming in from the Cold.  Join us at the Lefferts Historic House and have fun with traditional toys and games.  Monday through Friday, February 20 to 24, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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!