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Weekend Events: Brooklyn Kids Rock, City Stomp Live, Food Power! at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriot, and Much More!

February 28, 2013
City Stomp Live at Littlefield!

City Stomp Live to perform at Littlefield!

Happy March everyone! I’m so excited for this weekend because it’s 19 more days until Spring (but who’s counting?) and because there are loads of fun activities happening around town. First off, this is the final weekend for Citi Snow Globe at Citi Pond in Bryant Park as well as the final weekend for DreamWorks Animation at the Museum of the Moving Image so plan your schedules accordingly if you’d like to check them out. If you are interested in learning about the movement behind reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, then you’ll want to reserve your spot at Food Power! Grab the whole family and get ready to boogie at the 3rd Annual Brooklyn Kids Rock Festival, which will take place at the Masonic Temple. If you feel moved to head up to Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, The Deedle Deedle Dees will most certainly entertain you. Both of these events will be all kinds of awesome! But save some time and energy for Sunday because you’re gonna need it at City Stomp Live! Talk about a good time! Also, be sure to visit our events calendar and music listings for more fun activities! Have a lovely weekend!

FRIDAY MARCH 1ST


Friday, March 1st from 10am — 11am

J Yum and Hum at Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace (WINDSOR TERRACE)
Join Tehilah and Gilad in a journey through Jewish communities around the world with music and food! J-Yum & Hum provides engaging, dynamic and interactive program for parents and their infants (up to crawlers), exploring culture and tradition through stories, music, foods, storytelling of the Jewish Diaspora. Learn about the cultures and lifestyles of their Jewish counterparts around the world.
Details: 1224 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages  and under. FREE for all. Contact: Nadira at 718.407.6377. Visit the website for more information.

 

Friday, March 1st at 11am
Drop-In Storytime with Spellbound Theater (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Visit It Takes A Village on Fridays for drop-in story times with music, stories, puppets and more. Hear songs, books and fables, and classic nursery rhymes with a special twist into an interactive and stimulating story time specially crafted for babies and toddlers.
Details: 500 Prospect Place, Brooklyn. Ages 5 and up. Cost: $5/suggested donation. Contact: spellboundtheatre@gmail.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st from 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Baby Boogie at the Prospect Park YMCA  (PARK SLOPE)
Are you a new parent?! Then this class may just be perfect for you. Listen closely and you’ll hear the class calling your name. Not only will you have time to meet other parents here, but the class also includes games for babies, singing, and dancing. Jackpot!
Details: 357 Ninth Street. Ideal for parents with babies up to 13 months. $12/visit. Telephone: 718.768.7100. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st at 2:30pm
Sing-A-Long with Jarrod at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)

Join in for the kids section for 40 minutes of favorite songs and stories for the littlest booklovers, led by Greenlight bookseller Jarrod and his trusty guitar.
Details: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and under. Contact: (718) 246-0200. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st from 3pm — 6pm
Fa-La-La Fridays at Klub4Kidz (WILLIAMSBURG)

It’s an all-you-can play buffet! Rock climbing, face painting, tattoos galore! And… access to all Klub4Kidz, including painting and drawing in the art studio, board games, video games, and dancing! Fun!
Details: 159 North 4th Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $15 per kid; $12 for 3 years and under; $10 for each additional kid; additional $5 if doing the holiday craft. Contact: 718.599.5900. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Animal Haven’s Caring Kids Program (LITTLE ITALY)
Where are our animal lovers? Or parents of animal-loving children? You’ll want to check out this FREE event that introduces children and young teens to basic animal care and teaches them about existing issues in animal welfare. Through exciting lesson plans and interactive activities with cats and dogs at the shelter, participants learn the importance of treating animals humanely. They will not only make an impact on the lives of the animals they encounter, but it can certainly be a significant experience for them as well.
Details: 251 Centre Street. Ages 5-12. FREE for all, but RSVP is required. Contact: KendraM@ah-nyc.org or visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st from 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Wondrous Wool: A Miracle Fiber at Caribou Baby (WILLIAMSBURG/GREENPOINT)
New parents, seasoned parents, and parents-to-be can learn about the amazing properties of the wool fiber and why it is considered essential in newborn and child rearing and for cloth diapering in many countries across the globe!
Details: 272 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn. All adults welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: info@cariboubaby.com. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st from 5pm — 8pm
Target Free First Friday Night at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (UWS)
You know the deal — the first Friday night of each month is FREE at the museum. It’s totally worth the trip uptown because it’s a perfect parent-child date night that will be educational and lots of fun!
Details: 212 West 83rd Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-721-1223. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st from 6:30pm — 9:30pm
Family Movie Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Still stumped on how to enjoy Family Friday Nights after a long week? Head on over to The Moxie Spot, a family-friendly restaurant and play space for a fun Friday night film screening. Kids will eat for free when you purchase an entrée from the dinner special after 5:30pm. Now that what we call “family friendly.”
Details: The short feature begins at 6:15pm. The longer feature begins at 6:45pm. 81-83 Atlantic Avenue (at Hicks Street). 718.923.9710. Visit the website for more information.

Friday, March 1st at 7pm
Exceptions to Gravity at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)
One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics! A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.
Please note: Food from the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter, as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the chocoholic fantasy the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle. Entree salads and waffle-branded sliders are also available.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

SATURDAY MARCH 2ND


Saturday, March 2nd from 9am — 11:30am
Open Play Drop-Off at Brooklyn Robot Foundry (GOWANUS)
This should be fun! There will be open play drop off where kids will have the opportunity to build obstacle courses for robots, craft robots out of clay and found objects, create marble runs, giant lego creations and much more.
Details: 303 Third Avenue (between 1st and Carroll Street), Brooklyn. Ages 5-9. Cost: $15/hour. Contact: (347)762-6840. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd from 9:30am — 11am
Out of Shabbox at Union Temple (CROWN HEIGHTS)
Out of the Shabbox is Brooklyn’s newest cross-cultural, interfaith arts based program designed to explore themes such as peace and charity through movement, music and storytelling. Featuring Avodah Dance’s Julie Gayer Kris (movement), Backyardigan Live!’s Shawn Shafner (storytelling) and Ruach Rocker Jay Rapoport (minstrel). Come join an interactive, fun filled programming where families can come together to sing, dance and tell stories about the things we value and which unite us.
Details: 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Ages 6 and under. FREE for all. Contact: uniontemple@uniontemple.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 10:30am
The Paper Bag Players Saddles and Sunshine at Kingsborough Community College (MANHATTAN BEACH)
Enjoy funny vignettes, unforgettable songs, jokes, dances, inventive paper bag sets, and opportunities for the audience to be involved. PLUS… you can meet the cast of the show afterwards in the lobby.
Details: 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $12. Contact: 718-368-5596. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 10:30am and 12:30pm
Trusty Sidekick Theater Company: Shadow Play at University Settlement (LES)
This company always puts on a good show so I know you won’t regret it! With that said, get ready to follow the adventures of Flash and his exciting quest to reunite with his shadow in this multimedia performance.
Details: 184 Elridge Street, NYC. Ages 2-5. Cost: $5/children; $15/adults. Contact: 212-453-4500. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd from 11am — 12:15pm and 1pm — 2:15pm
Baby Sign Language Workshop at 445 Bergen Street (PARK SLOPE)
In this workshop you will learn everything you need to know to effectively communicate through sign with your preverbal infant. Learn how to get started, what to do, and the signs most relevant to babies. The group will do some small, fun activities with the babies to help you get the hang of things and there will be plenty of time to get all your questions answered. Please bring your babies (ages birth – 18 months).
Details: 445 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. Recommended for adults with babies ages 6-18 months. Cost: $40 individual and baby; $50 couple and baby. Contact: Melissa@signingupbaby.com or call 347-778-1775. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd from 11am — 12:30pm
The Deedle Deedle Dees at Symphony Space (UWS)
Disclaimer: My son and I LOVE The Deedle Deedle Dees! Now, about the event. The Deedle Deedle Dees are an educational rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. Since 2003, they have been wowing families with their rousing songs based on history and science. The results have made them New York City favorites, with a rabid and devoted following of kids (and their parents). For their Symphony Space show, The Dees will take the audience on a musical tour of NYC, a town built from seemingly disparate but somehow wonderfully compatible elements. The performance will include a range of this city’s musical sounds: hip hop, klezmer, old jazz, punk rock, mariachi, salsa, old string band music, mixed together in new and surprising ways. The band will debut new songs, like “Throw It Away,” “Light Up the World” (written with kids at an orphanage in Haiti) , and a song about perseverance called “Working on a Bridge.”
Details: 2537 Broadway, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $13/children; $20/adults. Contact: boxoffice@symphonyspace.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd from 11am — 3pm
Food Power! A Momsrising Gathering & Conference to Reverse Childhood Obesity at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriot
Come to build your skills to take action around this critically-important issue. Momsrising will bring together experts and bloggers working on nutrition and childhood obesity to:
— Learn the latest scoop about school foods, food marketing to kids, breastfeeding, and children’s access to health care. * Build powerful organizing, social media and blogging skills.
— Meet other parents, community-members and experts working in the field. We’ll also have a special screening of the award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies, and a Q&A with director Byron Hurt!
Speakers will include: Dr. Aletha Maybank, NYC Dept. of Public Health; Dream Hampton, MomsRising.org; Migdalia Rivers, Latina On A Mission; Tanya Fields, Brown Girl Swagger;  Lorraine Gonzalez, Children’s Defense Fund; Joy Spencer, Center for Digital Democracy; Elisa Batista, MomsRising.org; Lisa Creighton, National Education Association Health Information Network; Jessica Donze Black, Kids Safe and Healthful Foods; and Kimberly Seals Allers, MochaManual.com. Please note: RSVP suggested.
Details: 85 West St, NYC. Adults welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: karen@momsrising.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd from 11am — 3pm
Brooklyn Kids Rock at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (FORT GREENE)
Beat the end-of-winter blahs and get your groove on at the 3rd annual Brooklyn Kids Rock: a rocking festival of music for kids! Featuring four of Brooklyn’s hottest kids music bands: Jeremy Plays Guitar, Captain Kirk Douglas of The Roots, AudraRox, and The Anna Banana Band! Plus, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, food, drink and more! Please note: All proceeds benefit the tuition assistance program at Maple Street School, a non-profit cooperative preschool serving Brooklyn since 1978.
Details: 317 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 10 and under. Cost: $14 in advance,$17 at door, 4-packs for $48. Contact: info@maplestreetschool.org. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 12pm and 3pm
My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life at the Workshop Company (MIDTOWN)
Question: If Emma’s mom is so great, why is she trying to ruin her daughter’s life? She talks too loudly, worries about everything and kisses Emma in front of her friends. It wouldn’t be that bad if she just gave her one kiss on top of her head, but no, she kisses Emma all over her face. Can Emma stop her mom before she ruins the rest of her life? Based on the acclaimed Simon & Schuster picture book by Kate Feiffer, My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life is a hilarious new family musical for kids and their embarrassing parents. The cast includes actors from Disney’s Mary Poppins, Priscila Queen of the Desert, Enron, and the National Tours of Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story The Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and features a score by an Emmy award winning music team.
Details: 312 West 36th Street, NYC. Ages 6-13. Cost: $18/Adults; $15/students, seniors. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 1pm
Saturday Family Program: Mil’s Trills at The Brooklyn Central Library (GRAND ARMY PLAZA)
Head on over to the Dweck Center in the Central Library for an afternoon you won’t forget! Mil’s Trills is an interactive concert of original tunes led by Amelia Robinson on her electric ukulele and her troupe of musical guests.
Details: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 718-230-2100. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 1pm
ElectriCity Live at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Discover the secrets of how the NYC subway uses power in this eclectic, electric and always fun demonstration!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with $5 paid admission. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 1pm and 7pm
Exceptions to Gravity at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)
One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics! A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.
Please note: Food from the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter, as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the chocoholic fantasy the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle. Entree salads and waffle-branded sliders are also available.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 1:30pm
Mixed-Up Vehicles Book at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Create and color your very own fantasy vehicles! Amphibious buses? Trains with wings? Mix and match your favorite things in this silly bookmaking workshop.
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with $5 paid admission. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd at 3pm
Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College at the Kumble Theater, LIU (DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN)
This event introduces high school students to college dance options and brings new dancers into the dance field. There will be a feature performance and opening remarks from host, Jody Oberfelder. The participating College Dance Departments: Department of Dance at Ohio State University; Eugene Lang College; The New School for Liberal Arts; Hofstra University; Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department; Slippery Rock University; The College at Brockport; Indiana University; University of Michigan; Connecticut College; and Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. The participating High School Programs: 92 St. Y-Harkness Repertory Ensemble, Chapin Dance Ensemble, 92 St. Y-Tap Team, Packer Dance Company, BaxCo, Covenant Ballet Theater Junior Company, East Village Dance Project, Gestures Dance Ensemble, and Peridance Youth Ensemble.
Details: Flatbush Avenue between Dekalb and Willoughby Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $20 adults, $15 with student ID, $12 kids under 12 yrs. Contact: (718) 488-1624. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 3rd at 3pm
The Pinkiest Tea Party at The Scholastic Store (SoHo)
Calling all girly-girls and princesses! Come dressed in your tutu and tiara. Hear a reading of Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie, then make a sparkly fairy wand before sitting down to tea and cookies with other princes and princesses!
Details: 557 Broadway, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-343-6166. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 3rd from 5pm — 11pm
Target First Saturdays at The Brooklyn Museum (PROSPECT HEIGHTS)
Music, film, pop-up galleries, and talks. Oh, and there’s wine as well. Lots of it. This is your perfect time to indulge, Brooklyn-style.
Details: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Free admission. $5 and up for parking. Fee for food/drinks purchased. Contact: (718) 638-5000. Visit the website for a schedule of events and for more information.

 

SUNDAY MARCH 3RD

Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00am
Baby Stories and Singalongs at Greenlight Bookstore (FORT GREENE)
On Sunday mornings, children’s performers keep babies and toddlers under 3 years old entertained with stories, songs, and interactive play.
Details: Geared toward ages 3 years and under. Open to public, but on a first come, first served basis. 686 Fulton Street (at South Portland). Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd from 11:30am — 12pm
Story Time at powerHouse on 8th (PARK SLOPE)
Visit powerHouse Books for their weekly Sunday morning story time and hear staff member Ashley McNelis read from their favorite books.
Details: 1111 8th Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3-9. FREE for all. Contact: 718.666.3049 x102. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd at 12pm
My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life at the Workshop Company (MIDTOWN)
Question: If Emma’s mom is so great, why is she trying to ruin her daughter’s life? She talks too loudly, worries about everything and kisses Emma in front of her friends. It wouldn’t be that bad if she just gave her one kiss on top of her head, but no, she kisses Emma all over her face. Can Emma stop her mom before she ruins the rest of her life? Based on the acclaimed Simon & Schuster picture book by Kate Feiffer, My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life is a hilarious new family musical for kids and their embarrassing parents. The cast includes actors from Disney’s Mary Poppins, Priscila Queen of the Desert, Enron, and the National Tours of Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story The Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and features a score by an Emmy award winning music team.
Details: 312 West 36th Street, NYC. Ages 6-13. Cost: $18/Adults; $15/students, seniors. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd at 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Story Time at Books of Wonder (CHELSEA)
Each week, they choose several books (based on the age of the children attending) and sit down with children and their parents.
Details: 18 West 18th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.989.3270 or emailstore@booksofwonder.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd at 12pm and 3pm
Stories and Songs in the Oral: Charlotte Blake Alston at BAM Fisher (FORT GREENE)
Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston performs selections from her repertoire of stories and songs from African and African-American oral traditions, which are accompanied by African music.
Details: 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn. Ages 4 –7. Cost: $6. Contact: 718.636.4100. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd at 1pm
ElectriCity Live at The New York Transit Museum (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Discover the secrets of how the NYC subway uses power in this eclectic, electric and always fun demonstration!
Details: Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. FREE with $5 paid admission. Contact: 718-694-1792. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd at 1pm and 4pm
Exceptions to Gravity at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)
One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics! A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.
Please note: Food from the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter, as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the chocoholic fantasy the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle. Entree salads and waffle-branded sliders are also available.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd from 2:30pm — 4pm
City Stomp Live at Littlefield (GOWANUS)
I’m not gonna lie: I’m a little biased on this event because every time my son and I go, we love, love, love it! So, naturally, I’m going to recommend it as a TOP PICK! City Stomp Live takes the stage at Littlefield with a line-up of songs that celebrate New York City’s vibrant cultures, sights and sounds, combined with upbeat versions of children’s classic melodies. Doors open at 2:30 p.m at the Gowanus area music venue. The Brooklyn-based band is comprised of five veteran musicians, including several who are instructors at the City Stomp music classes held in multiple locations around Brooklyn.
Details: 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn. Ages 7 and under. Cost: $10 for individuals aged 2 and older in advance; $13 at the door. Family tickets $40 in advance only (2 adults max). Contact: info@citystompmusic.com. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd at 3pm
Kids Cafe Festival Goes to College at the Kumble Theater, LIU (DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN)
This event introduces high school students to college dance options and brings new dancers into the dance field. There will be a feature performance and opening remarks from host, Jody Oberfelder. The participating College Dance Departments: Department of Dance at Ohio State University; Eugene Lang College; The New School for Liberal Arts; Hofstra University; Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department; Slippery Rock University; The College at Brockport; Indiana University; University of Michigan; Connecticut College; and Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance. The participating High School Programs: 92 St. Y-Harkness Repertory Ensemble, Chapin Dance Ensemble, 92 St. Y-Tap Team, Packer Dance Company, BaxCo, Covenant Ballet Theater Junior Company, East Village Dance Project, Gestures Dance Ensemble, and Peridance Youth Ensemble.
Details: Flatbush Avenue between Dekalb and Willoughby Street, Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: $20 adults, $15 with student ID, $12 kids under 12 yrs. Contact: (718) 488-1624. Visit the website for more information.

Sunday, March 3rd from 6pm — 9pm
Family Bingo Night at The Moxie Spot (BROOKLYN HEIGHTS)
Participants can eat, drink, play bingo, and win big! There will be prizes for the children, who, by the way, will get to eat for FREE with the purchase of an entree.
Details: 81 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 9 and under. FREE for all. Contact: 718-923-9710. Visit the website with more information.

ALL WEEKEND

Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd from 10am — 4:30pm
Kids Food Festival at Citi Pond at Bryant Park (MIDTOWN EAST)
This is a great event to educate both parents and children about making good food choices to live a healthy lifestyle. Guests can enjoy free live musical performances, fitness workshops, and cooking demonstrations on the Kids Food Festival stage or purchase tickets for hands-on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion.
Details: 41 West 40th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE admissions; $25/kids cooking class. Contact: 718-406-7506. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd: various times
Madison Square Art: Topsy Turvy OPENING WEEKEND at Madison Square Park (FLATIRON DISTRICT)
Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation by artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, will be on view from March 1 – April 5 while Madison Square Park  is open. Topsy-Turvy will re-imagine one of the oldest moving image devices into a life-sized 10-foot by 10-foot structure. You’ll be able to enter the large-scale installation, which will utilize the properties of light to capture images of the surrounding area in real time.
Details: Between Fifth/Madison Avenues & 23rd-26th Streets, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.538.1884. Visit the website for more information.

Through March 3rd from 12pm — 8pm
Citi Snow Globe at Citi Pond (BRYANT PARK)
This is an interactive photo experience where you can enter a life-size snow globe, complete with digital snowflakes, and receive a video to capture the moment. You won’t want to miss it!
Details: W. 40th & W. 42nd Streets between Fifth & Sixth Avenues, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212-661-6640. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sundays through March 3, 2013 at 1pm
DreamWorks Animation at Museum of the Moving Image (ASTORIA, QUEENS)
This is your chance for your family to catch your fave family flick in a cool museum. The museum presents an accompanying film series, with screenings every Saturday and Sunday that includes the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series, “Antz,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” and much more, in a theatrical setting. Lights! Camera! Action!
Details: 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37th Street) Queens. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/person. Contact: (718) 777-6888. Visit the website for more information.

Saturday and Sunday Through March 24th at 12:30pm and 2:30pm
The Prince and The Magic Flute at Puppetworks (PARK SLOPE)
Anything at Puppetworks promises to be a great time. But, you knew that already! This performance is produced at the Smithsonian Institution and adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola. Please note that reservations are suggested.
Details: 338 Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn. Ages 3 and up. Cost: $8/children; $9/adults. Contact: 718-965-3391. Visit the website for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm — 5pm
Family Days Bowling at Brooklyn Bowl (WILLIAMSBURG)
Grab your kids and gather ’round for a day of indoor fun! Seriously, bowling is the new black and it is certainly fun for the entire family. Pack a snack or try tasty food from Blue Ribbon, which will be available for purchase.
Details: 61 Wythe Ave (Btwn N 11th St & 12th St), Brooklyn. All are welcomed. Cost: Saturday $25/lane/half hour; Sunday $20/lane/half hour; Shoes: $4.95/per person. Socks:$3/pair. Contact: (718) 963-3369. Visit the website for more information.

All Weekend from 10am — 5pm
MoMath Exhibitions at the Museum of Mathematics (FLATIRON DISTRICT)

Welcome to NYC’s newest museum — the Museum of Mathematics! More than 30 exhibitions reveal the wonders of math in this 19,000-square-foot space. Interactive, hands-on, engaging and fun, the exhibitions invite participation, encourage experimentation, and spark curiosity in visitors of all ages and math skills. They bring math concepts to life in ways that amaze, astound enlighten and entertain. Many have surprising outcomes that stimulate visitors to want to understand why.
Details: 11 East 26th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $15/adults; $9/children. Contact: (212) 542-0566. Visit the website for more information.

ONGOING 

Through March 10th: various times
My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life at the Workshop Company (MIDTOWN)
Question: If Emma’s mom is so great, why is she trying to ruin her daughter’s life? She talks too loudly, worries about everything and kisses Emma in front of her friends. It wouldn’t be that bad if she just gave her one kiss on top of her head, but no, she kisses Emma all over her face. Can Emma stop her mom before she ruins the rest of her life? Based on the acclaimed Simon & Schuster picture book by Kate Feiffer, My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life is a hilarious new family musical for kids and their embarrassing parents. The cast includes actors from Disney’s Mary Poppins, Priscila Queen of the Desert, Enron, and the National Tours of Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story The Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and features a score by an Emmy award winning music team.
Details: 312 West 36th Street, NYC. Ages 6-13. Cost: $18/Adults; $15/students, seniors. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Through March 17th: various times
Grug at New 42nd Street Studios (TIMES SQUARE)
This is a great opportunity for all audience members to get up and rock it out, Grug style of course! This puppet show is based on the picture book character created by Ted Prior.
Details: 229 W. 42nd Street, NYC. Ages 2-5. Cost: $20. Contact: 646.223.3042. Visit the website for more information.

Through March 23rd: various times
New York International Children’s Film Festival (VARIOUS NYC LOCATIONS)
From SoHo to Tribeca to the Upper West Side to Hell’s Kitchen, there will be lots of child-friendly films and screenings that’s perfect for the entire family! There are so many films in a variety of genres so visit the website and take your pick!
Details: Ages 3 –18. Cost: $13-$16, but more expensive on opening night. Contact: (212) 349-0330. Visit the website for more information.

Through March 24th: various times
Exceptions to Gravity at Canal Park Playhouse (SoHo)
One the most accomplished physical comedy performers in the United States, Avner the Eccentric comes to Canal Park Playhouse with a spectacular show that upends the laws of physics! A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart.
Please note: Food from the theater’s Waffle Iron Café is available before and after the show. The menu includes hot-off-the-waffle-iron spinach, mushroom, and smoked chicken sausage frittatas; French toast; and Traditional Belgian Waffles with pure Vermont maple syrup and butter, as well as the house specialty The Playhouse Pink Waffle (a pink waffle with strawberries and whipped cream) and the chocoholic fantasy the Decadent Dark Chocolate Waffle. Entree salads and waffle-branded sliders are also available.
Details: 508 Canal Street, NYC. Ages 4 and up. Cost: $20. Contact: 866-811-4111. Visit the website for more information.

Through April 5th: various times
Madison Square Art: Topsy Turvy at Madison Square Park (FLATIRON DISTRICT)
Topsy-Turvy: A Camera Obscura Installation by artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder, will be on view from March 1 – April 5 while Madison Square Park  is open. Topsy-Turvy will re-imagine one of the oldest moving image devices into a life-sized 10-foot by 10-foot structure. You’ll be able to enter the large-scale installation, which will utilize the properties of light to capture images of the surrounding area in real time.
Details: Between Fifth/Madison Avenues & 23rd-26th Streets, NYC. All are welcomed. FREE for all. Contact: 212.538.1884. Visit the website for more information.

Through July 7th from 10:30am — 4:30pm (hourly)
IMAX Flight of the Butterflies at The American Museum of Natural History (UWS)

This is a great way for children (and adults alike!) to learn about the 3,000-mile journey traveled every fall by half a billion Monarch butterflies… at one of NYC’s favorite museums! This migration, which begins in Canada and continues through the United States to Mexico, is the longest and most amazing insect migration on Earth.
Details: Central Park West at 79th Street, NYC. All are welcomed. Cost: $25/adults; $19/students and seniors; $14.50/children ages 2-12. Price includes admission to the museum. Contact: 212-769-5200. Visit the website for more information.

Through September 15th 2013: various times
Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages Theater (MIDTOWN)
You’ve seen how your kids react to bubbles. Now, imagine how they would react to seeing people inside bubbles, or lasers shooting through bubbles, or bubbles within bubbles?!  They will be enthralled…and so will you. I’m been to this twice because we love it so much. Awesome show and well worth the price and trip. The Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan, is all about bubble magic and everyone from David Letterman to Oprah thinks the show is pretty fantastic.
Details: 340 West 50th Street, NYC. All ages welcomed. Cost: $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package). Purchase tickets: Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com. Visit the website for more information.