Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: February 2nd-4th
Hi everyone! Happy February! Get ready for another fun weekend here in NYC.
Take the kids and enjoy Under the Tangle by Treehouse Shakers at GK ArtsCenter, BAMkids Film Festival 2018, Events for Youth and Families: Shine and the Moonbeams at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Friday Sing-along with Suzi Shelton at JCP Downtown, Alastair Moock at Symphony Space, Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Staten Island Zoo, The Knights Family Matinee at BRIC House Ballroom, Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre, February Family Sundays: Earth Painting at Rubin Museum Of Art, First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Target Free First Friday Nights at Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Anna & Elizabeth Family Concert: An Imbolc Celebration at the Irish Arts Center, Judy Blumesday – Kids! at Symphony Space, Winter Carnival in Bryant Park and Hands-On Art at Brooklyn Museum.
Also check out long running events like the Thunderbird Native American Dancers Pow Wow and Concert at Theater for the New City, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves at Galli Theater,The Perfect Monster at Tada! Youth Theater, The Prince & The Magic Flute at Puppetworks, Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at The 14th Street Y and the last few days of the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central.
Have a fabulous weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday February 2nd
Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Staten Island Zoo
Friday February 2nd gates open at 630a & the ceremony starts at 7a and Chuck will predict at 730a. Admission to the ceremony is FREE! With a prediction success rate of more than 80% – tops among Groundhogs – Chuck will once again astound with both his accuracy and affection. PS 45 Choir will entertain at the ceremony.
Friday Sing-along with Suzi Shelton at JCP Downtown
Friday February 2nd 115-2p. Price: Drop in $15 – Pre-reg $10. Come join JCPlay teacher and award-winning singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton at JCP Downtown for a fun-filled, interactive sing-along for children under 5 years and their grown-ups.
Target Free First Friday Night at Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
Friday February 2nd 5-8p. Come play for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan during Target Free First Friday Nights – every first Friday of the month. With five fabulous floors of fun on West 83rd Street, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a destination for delight, discovery, and learning! We create experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities, to ensure children thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Our hands-on learning environment, programs, and curricula are all produced through an alchemy of fun, research, and museum science.
Thunderbird Native American Dancers Pow Wow and Concert at Theater for the New City
Fridays 8p, Saturdays 3p & 8p and Sundays 3p until February 11th. Tickets: $12. Matinee Only Children: $1 w/ adult ticket. 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 Raymond Two Feathers (Cherokee), 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 3rd
Alastair Moock at Symphony Space (UWS)
Saturday February 3rd 11a. Tickets: standartd $17 and up, members $14 and up. For ages 2-7y. Get ready for some rowdy, rootsy, singing and dancing fun for the whole family! Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Medal Winner. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The Boston Globe calls him “one of the town’s best and most adventurous songwriters” and The Washington Post says “every song is a gem.
Under the Tangle by Treehouse Shakers at GK ArtsCenter (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturday February 3rd 1p. $35 premium seating, $20 general seating. Visually vibrant, Under the Tangle tells the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious wooded labyrinth. Throughout her journey, she twists along the maze finding numerous clues and meeting many unusual characters; a flock of whispering black birds, daunting labyrinth guards, and The Queen of the Lost who lives in the lighthouse. Under the Tangle, geared towards ages 8+, explores adolescence using modern dance, absurd costuming, and humor. This adventurous tale is filled with obstacles, relationships, and discoveries, which strengthen the heroine’s sense of self, helping her to discover her path throughout the tangled maze. Under the Tangle is a performance must-see to be enjoyed and delighted by the adventurer in us all.
Events for Youth and Families: Shine and the Moonbeams at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday February 3rd 1-2p. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Shine and the Moonbeams take the best rhythmic elements of popular music to give family audiences a soulfully satisfying experience. Come jump, groove, shake, and sing along. Families will be given seating priority. Seating is limited. First come, first served.
Anna & Elizabeth Family Concert: An Imbolc Celebration at the Irish Arts Center
Saturday February 3rd 2p. $10 general / $8 members / FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle Members. Old-time duo Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle will join us for an intimate candle-lit concert. Grab a hot chocolate and cozy up as Anna & Elizabeth bring to life the vibrant world of Appalachia with a variety show featuring their signature crankies—scrolling storyboards inspired by ballads and oral histories, each drawn and crafted to be hand-cranked and unfurled at the pace of a song. Just in time to celebrate Imbolc, a Celtic traditional festival in February commemorating the turning of the season and the lengthening ofdays, young audiences will set the mood for the show by making their own candles and take a piece of the afternoon home with hand-made crankies.
Hands-On Art at Brooklyn Museum (Crown Heights)
Saturday February 3rd 6-8p. 330 free tickets at Admissions at 5pm. Experiment with scratch and resist techniques as you create your own artwork inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat. This event is part of Target First Saturdays. See all the events at the Museum here.
Sunday February 4th
First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Crown Heights)
Sunday February 4th 10a-3p. Free with Garden admission. Experience the serenity and wonder of the Garden with programs for the entire family! 10a-12n Family Discovery Stations and Storytime, 11a-12n Winter Nature Walks with Bradley Klein, 12n-1p Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour, 1-2p Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tour, 2-3p Winter Yoga. See website for all the event details. Mark your calendar! Join us at future First Sunday program on March 4, 2018
Little Laffs at the Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday February 4th 11a. Tickets: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $25 Family (adult/family tix include a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!) Little Laffs, “Big Fun for Little Ones” is a fun and entertaining variety show for kids ages 3-9y, that mixes juggling, balloon art, music, comedy, and more. Located at the Fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, Brooklyn. Little Laffs – Big Fun for Little Ones! Kids Show featuring: Host: Twistin’ Todd, Music: Joanie Leeds, Magic: David Levitan and Variety: Adam Auslander.
February Family Sundays: Earth Painting at Rubin Museum Of Art (Chelsea)
Sundays drop-in anytime between 1pm and 4pm in February. 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. Februar Sundays: Earth Painting – Losar, the Himalayan New Year, is upon us and the Rubin is celebrating 2018’s lunar sign, the Earth Dog, by painting with the most basic element: earth! Get down and dirty painting with mud and soil. Playing with dirt serves as a nostalgic exploration of the environment. Tibetans have used mud for art-making in the past, and we are reviving this element for the future. Not only will you be taking from the earth but you’ll also be adding to it by planting your very own Losar metok, Tibet’s winter flower! See how the metok grows over time. Save the date for our February 18 Losar Himalayan New Year Festival!
The Knights Family Matinee at BRIC House Ballroom (Fort Greene)
Sunday February 4th at 2p. $10 Adv / $14 Door (GA Seated). Families with young children: get to know The Knights! At our one-hour Family Matinee, your little ones will be introduced to classical music in a fun, relaxed, and interactive setting. The Knights are known for connecting with audiences of all ages and educating while entertaining. In this program, The Knights offer an intimate afternoon of beautiful German lieder (poems set to classical music) reimagined as a cabaret world of mystery. During this Family Matinee, The Knights will perform excerpts from Reinbert de Leeuw’s “Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai,” which includes beloved classics from Schubert and Schumann as a modern melodrama for solo voice and orchestra, featuring Mary Mackenzie (soprano).* Even if they arrive sleepy, cranky, wiggly…your little ones are guaranteed to leave happy and inspired! *Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, Katja Herbers is no longer able to perform.
Judy Blumesday – Kids! at Symphony Space (UWS)
Sunday February 4th 3p. Expected run time is 75 minutes. Tickets: standard $17 and up and members $14 and up. For ages 8-12y. There will not be a book signing at this event.In celebration of Judy Blume’s 80th birthday, we pay tribute to this beloved author with a day full of events for fans of all ages. Starting at 3 PM, kids 8 and up are invited to an afternoon of readings by actors and a discussion with Blume book illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi and contemporary authors Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil series), Rachel Vail (Well, That Was Awkward), Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), and a reading by Colby Minifie (Jessica Jones). With a rare appearance by Judy Blume herself!
BAMkids Film Festival 2018 (Fort Greene)
Saturday-Sunday February 3rd-4th various times. See website for movie information. Tickets: general admission $14. Members $9. $10 for children (13 & under) and seniors (65+). In association with Northwest Film Forum, TIFF Kids™ International Film Festival, and The Jim Henson Foundation. Brooklyn’s favorite children’s film festival returns for its 20th year, presenting the best shorts and features from around the world—representing 31 countries in total. This year’s fun-filled program showcases curated selections from the top children’s festivals in North America and the renowned Jim Henson Foundation. BAMcafé is open all day! Stop by before or after your screening for performances and a host of fun activities. Play with Puppets Workshop information is here and Festival Activities is here.
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves at Galli Theater (Midwtown West)
Saturdays-Sundays 2p in February. Tickets: $20 adult, $15 child. US Premiere of: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. A story of friendship and bravery.
The Prince & The Magic Flute at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until April 1st. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. For ages 4 & up. 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). The Prince & The Magic Flute as performed at the Smithsonian Institution. Adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.
Winter Carnival Kids in Bryant Park (Midtown)
Daily until Sunday February 4th at various times. Enjoy free, family friendly activities at Winter Carnival, including puppet shows, StoryTime, cornhole, juggling, games at the Brewhouse, and more! See the website for details on the events
The Perfect Monster at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Saturday-Sunday February 3rd & 4th 2p & 4p also ongoing performances until February 19th. See website for schedule. Tickets: $15/child, $25/adult. Sybil, a science nerd who constantly compares herself to so-called “perfect” people, sets out to create the “perfect” friend and ends up with a lab full of marvelous, merry, and mischievous monsters
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress at The 14th Street Y (Stuyvesant Town/East Village)
Saturdays-Sundays 11a & 1p until February 11th. Advance Tickets: $40. Recommended for ages 2-8. Running time: 50 minutes (No Intermission). Overjoyed with her new dress, Hanna runs to show it to her friends: Zuzi the dog and Edna the cow. Little does she know what a meaningful adventure awaits her… Hanna and the Moonlit Dress is an interactive new musical revealing the magic of a good deed, based on the classic Israeli tale “Hanna’s Sabbath Dress.” This immersive experience transports children into Hanna’s enchanted world.
NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 30th 2018. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!
16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
M-F 8a-8p &Saturday-Sundays 10a-6p until Sunday February 4th. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily until March 4th 8a-10p. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!