Hi everyone!  The last weekend of February is almost here and I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of the break.

There is still time to check out some of the special events that are going on for the break like Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater, Boogie Down Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Wild in Winter: Mid-Winter Recess in Prospect Park, Midwinter Recess Family Program at the Museum of the Moving Image and School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum.  This weekend also check out Spellbound Theatre: Ears, Nose, and Tail at The Old Stone House, Build a Second Avenue Subway at the NY Transit Museum, Just Kidding: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Symphony Space, Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre, The Beauty of Ballet at the Queens Theatre, A Year With Frog and Toad at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Saturday Morning Show with Lloyd H. Miller & Flor Bromley at Brookfield Place, Magic At Coney! at The Coney Island Museum, Four Score and Seven Years Ago at the Central Brooklyn Public Library and Zoo-dunnit: A Midwinter Mystery at the Prospect Park Zoo

Also check out the longer running events like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center, Teknopolis at BAM Fisher, The Princess, The Emperor and the Duck at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre,  Puss in Boots at Puppetworks and the last weekend of the 15th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central.

Check out the calendar for all the weekend events and enjoy the rest of the break.  Also remember to like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)

Friday February 24th

Boogie Down Break Week at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Friday-Saturday February 24th-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.

Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (Midtown West)
Friday February 24th-Saturday February 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.

BCM Cinema: A Walk Through History at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Friday February 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.

Puss in Boots at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Friday February 24th 1230p & 230p and Saturdays-Sundays 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: 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.

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Saturday February 25th

Saturday Morning Show at Brookfield Place (Battery Park)
Saturdays 10a-12n until March 25th.  Free.  For ages 8 and under.  Location: Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place Located in the back seating area.  Looking for some educational fun with the kids this winter? Brookfield Place variety showcase over breakfast in Hudson Eats that will feature a combination of interactive live music, games, story time, puppetry, magic and more. Think Ed Sullivan Show for pre-nap set.  Kids and parents are encouraged to participate!  10a: Lloyd H. Miller and 11a: Flor Bromley.  See the website for information on future performers.

Just Kidding: The Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday February 25th 11a.  Tickets: $17, member $14.  Gorgeous full screen animation accompanies a live band, as 2016 GRAMMY Award nominee Morgan Taylor’s legendary multimedia musical adventure returns to Symphony Space and Just Kidding.  The Gustafer Yellowgold Show features live music, hand drawn onscreen animations, and vivid storytelling. With its unique crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer the character is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods.

Free Trial: Kids & Toddler Chakra Art Class at Fruiggie Art Studio & Shop (Bed Sty/Clinton Hill)
Saturday February 25th 11a-12n.  Free.  For ages 5+.  Join us for a free trial class for our 7 week/7 Chakra Art Classes for Kids and now with toddlers.  With popular demand, we have added a toddler version of the Kids Chakra Art class! Students will engage in a fun activity tracing their bodies on paper and using recycled materials and all natural art supplies to identify each Chakra.  The Chakra Art class was created to allow children to participate in creative art activities while understanding the purpose of each chakra, the color meanings and their energy within. The students also learn how to balance their energy with foods, crystals, and exercises such as art (using non-toxic and all natural art supplies), and meditation.  The 7 week class starts Saturday March 4th.  See website for all the details.

Events for Youth & Families: Four Score and Seven Years Ago at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday February 25th 1-2p.  Free.  To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier.  The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.

Zoo-dunnit: A Midwinter Mystery at the Prospect Park Zoo
Saturday February 25th 2-4p.  Members: $40, Non-Members: $55.  One of the zoo animals has disappeared and only you can solve the mystery and find our animal friend! Participants will explore the zoo solving puzzles, interviewing suspects, and finding hidden clues to unravel the mystery and, ultimately, getting to meet our animal friend.

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Sunday February 26th

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday February 25th 11a.   Price: $5 kids/$10 adult/$25 family.  Join award-winning NYC family performer Suzi Shelton as she returns to her favorite venue in Brooklyn for a monthly family show (4th Sunday of every month!!)  Sip on a coffee or Bloody Mary while your little one delights in the show, and then head next door to the Jalopy Tavern for brunch. Hear new songs, meet new friends and have a grand ol’ time!

Story Time with  with Lori Richmond & Sujean Rim at PowerHouse on 8th (South Slope/Park Slope)
Sunday February 26th 1130a-1230p.  Free.  For ages 4-8y.  RSVP appreciated: rsvp@powerhousearena.com or here online.  Join us for a joint author visit with readings and drawing demonstrations by two local illustrators and authors  presenting their brand-new picture books: PAX AND BLUE is  Lori Richmond’s sweet and charming picture book in which a young boy makes an unlikely friend on his way to school!  And Sujean’s Rim new picture book : CHEE KEE: A PANDA IN BEARLAND, a heartfelt and lovable story of a one-of-a-kind panda bear in all the best ways.

Magic At Coney! at The Coney Island Museum
Sundays 12n-2p Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 online, or at the door.  Sundays at 12 Noon until September 11th and then additional dates in the fall. See website for more information. Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. “Magic at Coney!!!” is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world.  Hosted by Gary Dreifus, award-winning magician, mentalist, hypnotist, magic instructor and world-renowned magical host, the performers this week are: Phil Crosson and Doc Sasko.  See website for all the details.

The Beauty of Ballet at the Queens Theatre
Sunday February 26th 1p & 3p.  Free.  For ages 4+.  The 45-minute, family-friendly presentation will illustrate how students develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers, alternating examples of advanced classroom training exercises with the performance of excerpts from notable ballets. School of American Ballet faculty member Katrina Killian (a former New York City Ballet soloist) and advanced students from the School of American Ballet will be featured in the enchanting and informative introduction to the art of classical ballet.  How do ballerinas dance on their toes? How do dancers spin and turn without getting dizzy? How do male dancers jump so high? Those questions and more will be answered during the demonstration, and favorite moments from ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, and Swan Lake will be performed to live music.

A Year With Frog and Toad at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Sunday February 26th 130p.  Tickets: $30 general admission.  For ages 4-10y.  A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 TONY Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale, the show is an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting experience for the whole family.  This whimsical musical follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special.

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All Weekend

Spellbound Theatre: Ears, Nose, and Tail at The Old Stone House (Park Slope)
Friday February 24th 430p, Saturday-Sunday February 25th-26th 10a & 1115a.  Tickets: General Public: $15 each.  Season Pass holders: $12.  See website for Season Pass information.  Ears, Nose, and Tail follows the adventures of Dog, who isn’t sure he wants to be a dog anymore.  Using shadow puppetry, animation, and projected media, Spellbound artists create a world where anything can change and a regular old dog can become whatever, or whomever, he wants.  Ears, Nose, and Tail was developed as part of New Victory LabWorks at The New Victory Theater in New York City, and was funded by the Jim Henson Foundation for Puppetry.

Water on Mars at The New Victory Theater
Friday February 24th 2p, Saturday February 25th 2p & 7p & Sunday February 26th 12n & 5p.  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.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Out Of This World™ at Barclays Center
Friday-Sunday February 24th-26th 11a, 3p & 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.

Teknopolis at BAM (Fort Greene)
Saturday February 25th 1p, 230p & 4p & Sunday February 26th 1030a, 12n, 130p, 3p & 430p.  Additional performances weekends in March until March 12th at various times.  See website for details.  Tickets: $15 for daytime sessions.  Algorithms ignite and formulas are felt in this stellar showcase of interactive technology. BAM’s first-ever tech takeover features three floors of innovative installation pieces that bridge the arts and digital media to inspire kids and parents alike.  See the website for all the details.  See here for information on evening performances (tickets $25).

Midwinter Recess Family Program at the Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria)
Friday February 24th-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.

School Vacation Week at Dimenna Children’s History Museum (UWS)
Friday February 24th-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.

Build a Second Avenue Subway at the NY Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays February 25th-26th 130-215p.  Free with Museum admission.  For ages 4+.  Celebrate the city’s newest subway route as we build structures and infrastructure above and below the streets of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, block by block!

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.

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!