Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC: February 9th-11th
Hi everyone! I hope you are ready for another fun weekend here in NYC!
This weekend take the kids and enjoy WonderSpark Puppets: The Case of the Missing Puppy at The Tank, Thunderbird Native American Dancers Pow Wow and Concert at Theater for the New City, The Magic City at BAM, Wonder Event at PS 10, Spellbound Theatre: Free Family Art Day: “Build, Build, Build!” at Macon Brooklyn Public Library, New York Theatre Ballet: Mother GOOSE! at at Florence Gould Hall, The Language of the Drum with Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble at Central Brooklyn Public Library, Taiwanese Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts, Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Dog at Brooklyn Center at Kumble Theater, Kids’ Saturday Cinema Club: Beauty and the Beast at Industry City, RRPH Family Concerts: Mardi Gras Valentine’s Celebration with Black Tie Brass at Brooklyn Bowl, House Party: Movers & Shakers at BRIC, BAM Black Comix Expo and Sunday Story Time with Jen Hill at Powerhouse on 8th.
Also check out long running events like the Bromance at The New Victory Theater, Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog at Prospect Park Zoo, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at Linda Gross Theater, Seussical at at The Heights Players, 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 Neverland: Peter Returns at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Enjoy the weekend!
~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Friday February 9th
Family Open Play at Macon Brooklyn Public Library
Fridays 11a-12n until June 29th. Join us for music, toys, and friends in the small meeting room!
The Perfect Monster at Tada! Youth Theater (Chelsea/Midtown West)
Friday February 9th 7p and Saturdays-Sundays 2p & 4p 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.
The Magic City at BAM (Fort Greene)
Friday February 9th 7p, Saturday February 10th 2p & 7p and Sunday February 11th 2p. All tickets $16. For ages 8+. Run time: 1 hr 15 min. Nine-year-old Philomena’s inner world materializes as a pint-size metropolis of found objects in this magical retelling of Edith Nesbit’s 1910 fantasy novel. With the help of toy theater, shadow puppetry, live music, and live actors in silhouette, she copes with the loss of her parents and the challenges of her new blended family, eventually finding a way to reconcile her Magic City with the reality of the world outside it. Includes pre-show workshop and post-show Q&A
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 10th
Kids’ Saturday Cinema Club: Beauty and the Beast at Industry City (Sunset Park)
Saturday February 10th 10a doors open, 11a film begins. Free. RSVP here. Every Saturday Industry City hosts the Saturday Cinema Club in the Factory Floor with Rooftop Films. Join us this week for a free screening of Beauty and the Beast, with Valentine’s Day crafts from Project kid!
Saturday February 10th 11a-1230p. Free. Join us for an afternoon of art activities and creative play around our theme, “Build, Build, Build!” including a special pop-up performance by a Spellbound artist! Free Family Art Days are opportunities to play, imagine, and explore through a variety of art forms. Each month, our storytellers present crafts, songs, stories, and creative play around a different theme. These events are free for the public thanks to the generous donation of Spellbound supporters.House Party: Movers & Shakers at BRIC (Fort Greene)
Saturday February 10th 12n-5p. Free with RSVP. Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue! Hands-on art making, gaming and technology exploration, storytelling, and live performances all culminate in a raucous dance party for all ages! Our February House Party will be a day to celebrate the people who inspire us—the movers who make change and the shakers who challenge the status quo—from history and today. See the website for all the details.
The Language of the Drum with Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble at Central Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday February 10th 1-2p. Free. Location: Dweck Center. Celebrate Black History Month with Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble! Led by founder Joseph Barnes and artistic director Jewel Love, Bambara brings the black aesthetic from its beginnings in Africa to the present day with high energy and creativity, highlighting traditional repertoires from West and Central Africa, Cuba, and the United States. Bambara’s intergenerational company encourages cross-cultural understanding by celebrating traditional African culture. Families will be given seating priority. Seating is limited. First come, first served.
Wonder Event at PS 10 (Park Slope)
Saturday February 10th doors open at 115p, 2p Wonder movie, 4p Q&A with R.J. Palacio & 5p book signing. Advance tickets: $10 per person or $30 family 4 pack. At door $15/$45. Live & in Brooklyn! R. J. Palacio presents the new movie based on her New York Times best-selling Book Wonder. Meet the author! Food and drink available (cash only). All proceeds benefit the PS 10 Writing Authors Committee. Purchase tickets here.
Sunday February 11th
Taiwanese Cultural Festival at the Children’s Museum of the Arts (SoHo)
Sunday February 11th 10a-5p. Free with Museum admission. Join us Sunday, February 11 for a cultural festival celebrating Taiwan. We will have workshops and performances inspired by Taiwanese artistic traditions. Taiwanese American Council of Greater New York, Inc. (TAC-GNY) will present the Techno Nezha or San Tai Zi performance. Workshops include: Upcycled Object Calligraphy in Fine Arts, Pointillist Cityscapes in Fine Arts, Tropic Landscapes of Taiwan at the Clay Bar, The World of Jimmy Liao in the Media Lab and Opera Storytelling in the Sound Booth. See website for all the details.
BAM Black Comix Expo (Fort Greene)
Sunday February 11th 11a-5p. Free. Please note: Admittance to the BAM Black Comix Expo is on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Register here. BAM and the Black Comics Collective present a free day-long expo celebrating comics of color. The showcase features comic exhibitors, a panel discussion, a children’s art workshop, and a superhero cosplay showcase for fans of all ages. In conjunction with BAM’s cinema series Fight The Power: Black Superheroes on Film, the BAM Black Comix Expo demonstrates the demand for diversity and representation across sci-fi and fantasy genres by presenting a range of acclaimed independent comic writers and illustrators, as well as the freshest emerging talent.
RRPH Family Concerts: Mardi Gras Valentine’s Celebration with Black Tie Brass at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Sunday February 11th doors 11a, show 1130a. For all ages. Tickets: $12. Children under 1 free. Black Tie Brass is a horn-driven jazz/funk band from NYC. We combine the presence of a New Orleans brass band with the sound of a funk band to create a musically invigorating experience. Having played together for many years, the core of the group came together in 2013. Drawing from many genres such as jazz, pop, funk, R&B, and hip-hop, they created a fulfilling musical experience for performer and listener.
Sunday Story Time with Jen Hill at Powerhouse on 8th (Park Slope)
Sunday February 11th 1130a-1230p. Free. This is a free-access event — entrance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sunday Story Time with Jen Hill, illustrator of Be Kind. About the Book: When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference—or at least help a friend. With a gentle text from Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor author Pat Zietlow Miller, and irresistible art from Jen Hill, unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.
Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Dog at Brooklyn Center at Kumble Theater (Downtown Brooklyn)
Sunday February 11th 3p. Tickets: $25 adults, $12.50 children. Running Time: approximately two hours including one intermission. Celebrate the oncoming arrival of spring with an all-new festival of Chinese music and dance commemorating the Year of the Dog, faithful guardian and loyal friend to mankind. Enjoy the elegant splendor and rich culture of one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant communities with this performance by the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, featuring live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York and a special performance by internationally-acclaimed acrobat and Guinness Book of World Records holder Lina Liu.
WonderSpark Puppets: The Case of the Missing Puppy at The Tank (Garment District)
Saturday February 10th 1030a & 1p and Sunday February 11th 1030a. Tickets: general adult $25 & children $15. When a puppy goes missing, only one detective is clever enough, brave enough, and smart enough to solve the case – Mystery Max! Join Max on a wild adventure to find Nancy’s missing puppy. Along the way we’ll meet crazy characters, make new friends, sing songs and find clues. Whodunit? Help celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dog with this very special show.
Seussical at at The Heights Players (Downtown Brooklyn)
Fridays & Saturdays 8p & Sundays 2p until February 18th. Tickets: $25 general & $23 for seniors & children under 18. “Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! “Seussical” is a fun-for-the-whole-family fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once on This Island,” “Anastasia”), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Lunar New Year: Year of the Dog at Prospect Park Zoo
Saturdays-Sundays 11th 11a-4p in February. Free with Zoo admission. Come celebrate the year of the dog at the Prospect Park Zoo with activities, a self-guided scavenger hunt, fortune cookies and keeper chats about our favorite canines! Plus, learn about the Asian roots of our resident wild dog, the dingo. February 17 and 18 only: Special calligraphy workshop and puppet show with Chinese Theatre Works!
Bromance at The New Victory Theater
Friday February 9th 7p, Saturday February 10th 2p & Sunday February 11th 11a & 3p. Additional performances until February 25th. See the schedule here. For ages 7+. Tickets start at $16. Performance: 50 minutes with no intermission. From Barely Methodical Troupe London, England. Bro·mance | ˈbroˌmans | noun (informal) 1: A close, platonic male friendship characterized by love, affection and steadfast support, 2: Adrenaline-fueled contemporary acrobatics by the U.K.’s Barely Methodical Troupe, 3: A trio of dudes who flip, throw and catch each other, turning handshakes into handstands and racing through fast-paced, high-risk stunts featuring parkour, hand-to-hand balancing tricks and Cyr wheel skills. Ex: In Bromance, the astonishing talent of these three mates from London will make a hopeless bromantic out of you.
This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at Linda Gross Theater
Saturday & Sundays 1030a unti March 4th & Tuesday February 20th 1030a. $15 for kids, $20 for adults. Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made — one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home. Years later, having circumnavigated the globe and fought Vikings, crossed oceans, tamed wilds, and achieved greatness, the three sisters meet again, as women. A moving and irresistibly charming modern-day fable for the whole family, recommended for ages 6 and up. Please note: Saturday March 3rd will be a Relaxed Performance.
New York Theatre Ballet: Mother GOOSE! at at Florence Gould Hall
Saturday February 10th 1p & Sunday February 11th 11a, 1p & 330p. Tickets are $34 ($24 for children 12 and under) and are available here. Mother GOOSE! is a one-hour performance for children ages three and up. The wit, wisdom, and whimsy of classic literary rhymes onstage, featuring a lively baker’s dozen of Mother Goose characters. The literally leap from the page to the stage to stir the imagination of the young and the young-of heart – just as they have for centuries!
Neverland: Peter Returns at Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Ongoing Tuesdays-Fridays 1030a & 1130a, Saturdays & Sundays 1p and special schedules during Mid-Winter & Spring Breaks. See website for schedule. Tickets are required for all performances and are $8 for children and $12 for adults. Based on J.M. Barrie’s iconic Peter Pan tales, Neverland: Peter Returns is the Swedish Cottage’s spin on the beloved children’s classic. Leaving their parents behind, the Darling children follow Peter Pan back home to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime. When the cunning Captain Hook turns Peter’s pals Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell against him, the children team up with the Never Boys to save the day, learning the value of forgiveness and friendship.
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.
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!
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!